The truck driver shortage: Are women the answer?
Posted: September 9, 2019
There’s been a truck driver shortage in the industry for quite some time and it continues to worsen. The demands for shipped freight is growing exponentially and the industry is struggling to keep up. Is there a solution? It’s possible that the answer to this issue has been there all along as an untapped resource: Women drivers.
According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the trucking industry may be short up to 175,000 drivers by 2024. Men have always made up the majority of truck drivers with women drivers only sitting around 6%. Since women make up nearly 47% of the total labor force, that leaves a lot of possibilities. There are still a lot of barriers to overcome when it comes to recruiting women drivers, but the industry is slowly making changes to foster inclusivity.
Many carriers are already improving their hiring and training processes, increasing compensation packages and introducing generous sign-on bonuses to attract new drivers. More lifestyle benefits like weekend home time, health coaching and retirement planning are now added benefits at many companies. Truck manufacturers have started rolling out modified trucks with ergonomic changes designed to accommodate all body types.
The need for more truck drivers will only continue to grow as people consume more products and do more shopping online. The priority should be to change the perspective on what this profession looks like, highlight the potential for career satisfaction, and support women who are already working in trucking. At Big G Express, we’re proud to help lead the way. If you’re a woman considering a career in trucking, connect with us today to learn more about what we can do for you.