Offering a signing bonus can help companies recruit new worker’s, but industry-wide worker shortages remain

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Published: 25Aug2022

Canada’s trucking industry has a worker shortage, and competition for qualified drivers is high. The last-mile delivery company Sysco is offering truck drivers up to $30 an hour – with a $10,000 bonus once they meet all of the company’s service standards. This type of incentive can help address a company’s need for employees in the short-term, but it doesn’t address the larger problem, said Prof. Mehmet Gumus in an interview with CTV News. People who are already working in the industry will switch jobs to take advantage of the cash bonus, but for the sector as a whole, the worker shortage will remain.

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