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Is a 10% Driver Raise the missing piece to the shortage puzzle?

America’s largest trucking company is combating a driver shortage by raising wages -- and so far, it’s working out.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. said late Monday its contract-services unit has raised wages by around 10 percent over the last 12 to 18 months to recruit new drivers. That compares with a 2.8 percent increase in average hourly earnings for all U.S. private-sector workers in the 12 months through September, and 4.3 percent over the past 18 months, according to Labor Department figures.

Truck Platooning. Is this the future?

Over a million trucks are currently in operation across the region, with virtually all land cargo within the region being transported by road. The staggering number of trucks on the GCC’s roads increases by 5–9% every year. While this is a good indicator of growing inter-GCC trade, an increase in truck traffic invariably raises the likelihood of roadside errors, driver fatigue, strain on vehicles, and ultimately, carbon footprint.

The Rise of the Broker!

Combined with a massive driver shortage plaguing transportation and the fast growing economic demand in the US, there has been enormous growth in the Freight Brokerage industry.   Trucking companies are using these new online resources to help supplement their income even if it means partially giving up some revenue on the load.  

 

Driver Wages & Safety Concerns

Driving is a career choice that can lead to a comfortable living without the need for a college degree. It’s a challenging carrer path however allows you to see the country and get paid a great wage to do so! Since 2008 when the Great Recession hit many companies were forced to tighten their belts, which meant lesser pay for the driver, however with the econmy on the mend and becoming stronger by the day, the driver wage is starting to rise and with it comes benefits and hopfully a new batch of drivers.

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