6. Driver Recruitment
The American Trucking Associations notably estimated a record-setting shortage of 80,000 truck drivers in 2021. Despite an increased focus on driver retention in the industry, estimates still point to a deficit of 78,000 drivers in 2002. Current labor shortages across the country provide alternative career options to truck drivers looking for more local opportunities, and a continually aging workforce sees more drivers retiring each year. Although truck drivers were hailed for their essential services during the pandemic, the profession still lacks a strong appeal to younger generations. The trucking industry must continue to evolve, supporting our drivers with additional benefits, roadside services and safety improvements. Rising costs, lack of parking and equipment delays all impact driver retention.
PGT has been named to the Best Fleets to Drive For® Top 20, signifying our company’s efforts to enhance the driver lifestyle through the Future of Flatbed®. PGT is committed to providing the best benefits, work experience and development opportunities for our professional drivers, and we will continue to implement innovative programs to evolve the trucking industry, attracting the next generation of talent to support America. PGT believes that people are our company’s greatest asset, and we strive to provide a positive workplace culture to support their innovation, growth and development.