Labor Shortages Impacting Suppliers & Fleet Operations

In addition to supply chain challenges, the ongoing shortage of automotive technicians is also contributing to extended downtime and repair times for many fleets. Causes for the technician shortage include the widespread retirement of Baby Boomers, fewer young adults entering the automotive service industry, and the rise of greater work-from-home opportunities drawing many workers away from repair shops, reports Automotive Fleet Magazine.

The shortage has caused many repair shops to offer higher wages to attract qualified technicians. This leads to higher shop labor rates that add to overall repair costs.

In addition, the introduction of electric vehicles (EV) into the market will require specially trained technicians to perform repairs. This new technology will move qualified technicians into even greater demand in the job market and could potentially shift the balance of workers which could present long-term challenges for the industry.

Enterprise Fleet Management encourages the use of Preferred Vendors, who are familiar with the specific needs of fleets and who can help, ensure a better client experience, greater efficiency of process, and improved uptime.

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