Shale Boom Leading to Continuous Demand for Truckers
From San Antonio Business Journal:
Even as the trucking industry stages job fairs, raises driver incentives and retools benefits, booming activity in the Eagle Ford and other U.S. shale plays continues to strain the labor market for qualified tractor-trailer drivers.
The explosion in domestic oil-and-gas activity comes as many baby boom-generation truckers coast into retirement. The American Trucking Association estimates the industry is now short 30,000 drivers.
“We’re already facing a shortage, and it’s likely to grow,” says Terrance Pohlen, director of the Center for Logistics Education and Research at the University of North Texas. “All of the major carriers will tell you recruiting drivers is their No. 1 priority right now.”
Pohlen calls the ATA’s driver-shortage estimate conservative, adding that he expects driver turnover to increase “significantly” through 2013 and 2014.