Annual HireRight Transportation Industry Survey Finds 76 Percent of Organizations Plan to Grow Workforce in 2018

Finding and retaining employees remain top concerns for trucking companies

IRVINE, Calif., March 29, 2018 – HireRight, a leading provider of global employment background checks, drug testing, education verification, and electronic Form I-9 and E-Verify solutions, today announced findings from its 2018 Annual Employment Screening Benchmark survey. HireRight’s 2018 Transportation Spotlight report presents survey results about driver recruitment and retention strategies, as well as employment screening challenges in the transportation industry, as reported by over 1,000 transportation industry professionals.

The survey revealed that over three quarters (76%) of respondents expect to grow their workforce this year, with the following challenges getting there cited:

The survey also revealed planned strategies to overcome these challenges:

“This year’s survey results demonstrate that the transportation industry is embracing innovative strategies to recruit new talent and is truly listening to what candidates want from application to onboarding, including benefits,” said Kent Ferguson, director of transportation solutions at HireRight. “While facing a talent shortage, the industry has again said they are looking to increase their workforce. When aiming to find new, qualified talent at a fast pace, they must keep in mind the organizational risk that hiring can introduce. Implementing a thorough, transparent, and candidate-friendly background screening process is key in striking the right balance.”

With retirement accounting for a quarter of drivers leaving their positions, transportation companies are changing up their hiring strategies to attract a more diverse and younger audience:

Other common strategies for attracting candidates and retaining employees include:

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Survey Methodology

The HireRight 2018 Annual Employment Screening Benchmarking Report is based on a survey of 5,886 U.S.-based professionals who indicated they were knowledgeable about employment screening and recruiting. Of the total survey respondents, 18% indicated that their primary industry was transportation. The results in this report were compiled from those respondents.

About HireRight

HireRight delivers global background checks, employment verifications, drug and health screening, and electronic Form I-9 and E-Verify solutions that help employers automate, manage, and control background screening. More than 9,500 transportation companies trust HireRight because the company delivers customer-focused solutions that provide greater efficiency and faster results. HireRight also provides pre-integrated background screening services through many leading applicant tracking systems. For more information, visit the company’s web site at