Hirschbach Motor Lines President Brad Pinchuk says the carrier’s driver hiring costs have spiked by about 2.5 times since the onset of the pandemic.
“We’re having to work harder to keep our trucks filled,” said Pinchuk. “We’re keeping them full, but we’re having to work a lot harder. We’re having to spend a lot more money.”
Retaining workers across the industry has become costlier. Driver wages per mile in the U.S. jumped 10.8% from 2020 to 2021, increasing from 56.6 cents to 62.7 cents, according to the American Transportation Research Institute’s 2022 cost of trucking report.
Bill Kretsinger, CEO of American Central Transport, said drivers are also expecting more from their employers.
Read more in an article from Transport Dive.