Thursday, February 11, 2016
NEWS RELEASE: Recruitment for truck drivers in Atlantic Canada is changing
VANCOUVER – The Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table released findings from the report titled Labour Force Profile of Professional Drivers Working at Ports in Atlantic Canada today. Conducted with the assistance of the Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic, the study collected and analyzed demographic information on professional drivers who service the Ports of Saint John and Halifax.
The study collected input from both drivers and employers to develop a labour force profile and review the strategies used by employers to attract and retain drivers in this sector. The project included a survey of port drivers to establish a demographic profile of the men and women transporting containers to and from the Atlantic ports. It found that 68 per cent of port drivers are over the age of 44, well above the average of 47 per cent of drivers in the rest of the country. Retention in the industry is good and these drivers are very experienced, but the average age in the sector may impact the industry as older drivers retire over the next decade. There is an emerging awareness among employers that recruitment models may need to evolve to bring in new drivers to replace those who are retiring.
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Jonathan Kassian, Project Manager, APGST