Walmart has announced ambitious plans to hire hundreds more truck drivers in 2019 in the US to meet growing demand.
The company, which added more than 1,400 new Walmart truck drivers in 2018, is also offering higher pay.
Walmart plans to introduce new assessments, mentorship and a faster hiring process to fill “critical new jobs created by Walmart’s business growth during an industry-wide shortage”.
In 2018 there was a shortage of 51,000 truck drivers in the US, according to the American Trucking Associations, and this is predicted to grow to 175,000 by 2024.
Driver pay will be raised by one cent per mile from February with additional payments for every arrival, meaning drivers will earn on average $87,500 per year.
Walmart said it saw same-store comparable sales rise 3% last year, leading to increased demands on the transportation network.
Vinny Faller, a Walmart fleet driver for 16 years and an assessor at the Casa Grande onboarding facility, said a candidate’s ability to grasp the culture will make or break their success during recruitment events.
“Safety is everything. Courtesy to drivers on the road is paramount. Professionalism at all times is demanded,” Faller said. “There’s no substitute for these three principles.”
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