We last looked at hiring demand for Truck Drivers during April, when the number of job ads passed 226,000 and marked a new 4-year high. Since then, demand has continued to grow in the US. A new high was set during August of 2013, with more than 272,000 jobs available across the US. With demand growing, we wanted to look at overall difficulty-to-fill across the country.
Nationally, Truck Driver jobs score a 52 on the Hiring Scale, which represents moderately difficult-to-recruit conditions. The Hiring Scale ranges from 1 to 99, with 99 representing the hardest-to-fill situation. When we last looked at this job, the score was a 43, which means the overall difficulty to recruit has increased 9 points. Also, job ads for Truck Drivers remain online for an average of 55 days in the US – or just under 8 weeks. This doesn't mean that jobs are necessarily filled in 8 weeks. The actual time-to-fill is likely longer, since this does not take into consideration the interviewing process, negotiation time, or the time until a candidate actually starts their job.
Hiring Scales for Truck Drivers in the US
The cities with the most difficult conditions currently include Tyler (TX), Charlottesville (VA), Savannah (GA), Champaign-Urbana (IL), and Macon (GA). Below are snapshots of their Hiring Scale scores, which are the highest in the US and all over 80. In addition, these 5 cities have longer than average posting periods. Macon has one of the longest at 76 days – or just under 11 weeks. This is 3 weeks longer than the national average. All 5 of these locations have high demand from employers for Truck Drivers, yet the talent pool of drivers working in these areas is low. Recruiters and employers sourcing for Drivers will likely face competition from other employers and may need to develop strategies for attracting candidates. This may be in the form of compensation and benefits, creative job postings, or relocating candidates from areas with larger talent pools. If relocation is an option, keep reading for the best cities to look for candidates.
Most Difficult Places to Recruit Truck Drivers in the US
The US cities that are currently experiencing the best conditions for recruiting Truck Drivers are Lincoln (NE), Omaha (NE), Riverside-San Bernardino (CA), San Jose (CA), and Santa Rosa (CA). Interestingly, the top 5 cities were concentrated in 2 states – Nebraska and California. These locations all score very low on the Hiring Scale, which means there should be little difficulty when sourcing candidates. There is low demand, yet large talent pools in these 5 cities. For example, our candidate supply estimates there are 25,000 Truck Drivers currently working in the Riverside metro area. However, there are fewer than 800 job openings currently. If you are in a location that's experiencing difficulties, you may be able to attract candidates from one of these 5 areas that are willing to take a position in your area. If relocating across the country isn't an option, try looking for metro areas depicted in green in the above map
Least Difficult Places to Recruit Truck Drivers in the US
Since April, you can see the best and worst places to find this talent have changed drastically. In fact, none of the locations from April appeared on either of our lists. As demand changes, conditions in each location will change also. If you regularly recruit for Truck Drivers, you should reevaluate your current market, as well as nationally.
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