Sisu Energy, a Texas-based company, offers salaries ranging from $12,000 to $14,000 per week to experienced drivers, or €11,500. This boss justifies these rates by the difficulty to find drivers in the country. The need is estimated at 1.1 million drivers within 10 years.
Jim Grundy, the boss of the American company Sisu Energy, confronted with the strong shortage of qualified drivers in the United States, is causing a controversy across the Atlantic.
In search of drivers for his Texas site, he is offering a salary ranging from 12,000 to 14,000 dollars per week, or 9,000 to 11,500 € for an independent driver.
In a few days, after the publication of its offer on social networks, the company has thus acquired a reputation going far beyond the borders of Texas. It is very difficult to recruit drivers," explains Jim Grundy. The current market situation requires us to find solutions to address the shortage of qualified personnel."
60,000 drivers missing
With the pandemic, demand for products of all kinds has exploded in the United States. "The increase is not just in transporting gasoline or lumber, but goods of all kinds, from clothing to food to toilet paper," notes Topnews-usa.com, which estimates that 60,000 drivers are missing from the U.S. market. That number could reach 100,000 drivers in 10 years.
Wage increases of 10% per year
For years, salaries in the industry have been increasing by about 10% per year in the United States. The average salary for a driver has reached $60,000 per year. The shortage is such that for years now, carriers have been forced to be creative in terms of compensation: tax-free bonuses for retirement, contributions for health insurance, or paid vacations, which have become standard in the industry.
Bonus payments to anyone who helps recruit a driver have also become commonplace, as has the provision of online training for new drivers.
The U.S. market is even more complicated for drivers because most of them are self-employed and have to cover the high cost of their own insurance. An additional handicap is that insurance is only available to people over 25 years old, and few companies will insure novice drivers.