Job-by-job driver hire to meet post COVID-19 un­cer­tain­ties

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A COM­PANY OF­FER­ING TRUCK DRIV­ERS FOR HIRE on a job-by-job ba­sis be­lieves it can help trans­port op­er­a­tors fac­ing un­cer­tain­ties over staffing lev­els in the wake of New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdowns.

DGH, which says it has a pool of al­most 1000 con­tract driv­ers avail­able na­tion­wide, be­lieves that “many truck­ing and trans­port busi­nesses are fac­ing wor­ry­ing work­load un­cer­tainty.

“Some have seen ma­jor de­creases in de­mand – where oth­ers have seen in­creased work­loads, putting ex­ten­sive pres­sure on re­sources.

“Busi­nesses are chal­lenged with com­pli­cated and ex­pen­sive staffing de­ci­sions – hold­ing staff dur­ing un­pro­duc­tive pe­ri­ods or re­cruit­ing new staff to ser­vice un­cer­tain de­mand.”

DGH found­ing di­rec­tor Bodhi Vette says that its so­lu­tion lies in the fact that – “un­like hir­ing a per­ma­nent mem­ber of staff – all our driv­ers are avail­able on re­quest, for fixed terms, sea­sonal as­sign­ments or one-off jobs, to help busi­nesses get back on the road to re­cov­ery quickly and ef­fi­ciently.

“Dur­ing such un­pre­dictable times, DGH al­lows busi­nesses to scale their ad­di­tional driver needs up or down, de­pen­dent on work­load and de­mand.”

Vette says that “the fall­out COVID-19 has caused to the truck­ing and trans­port in­dus­try is ev­i­dent.

“We are see­ing height­ened pres­sure on cru­cial sup­ply chains, longterm op­er­a­tional dis­rup­tions, un­fore­see­able job losses and em­ploy­ment freezes.

“In this volatile eco­nomic cli­mate, busi­ness own­ers and op­er­a­tion man­agers are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ex­ten­sive pres­sure to con­trol op­er­at­ing ex­penses and still main­tain ser­vice lev­els.

“Dur­ing such un­pre­dictable times, hir­ing per­ma­nent mem­bers of staff may no longer be a vi­able. Our busi­ness offers com­pa­nies the op­tion to hire skilled driv­ers one job at a time, of­fer­ing full flex­i­bil­ity and an al­ter­na­tive way to source driv­ers based on work­load and de­mand.”

The eight-year-old com­pany claims to have “the big­gest pool of skilled driv­ers avail­able for hire in the coun­try and are ex­perts in what we do.”

Vette says that DGH com­pre­hen­sively vets each driver that’s reg­is­tered with it “be­fore putting them for­ward for a job – con­duct­ing back­ground checks, in­ter­views, health and safety on­board­ing, drug tests and pre­vi­ous em­ploy­ment checks.

“We then in­vest our time and re­source into find­ing the right driver for each job, sav­ing busi­nesses time and money in ad­ver­tis­ing, re­cruit­ment and driver ac­qui­si­tion fees.”

Once a driver is se­lected, DGH helps or­gan­ise nec­es­sary train­ing re­quire­ments “to get the driver signed off and work­ing as quickly and safely as pos­si­ble.”

It quotes each job on an hourly rate, which in­cludes the cost of driv­ing, as­so­ci­ated jobs, the HR man­age­ment of DGH driv­ers, as­sign­ment man­age­ment within DGH, le­gal agree­ments and a level of in­sur­ance.

Says Vette: “For years other in­dus­tries have been em­brac­ing dif­fer­ent out­sourc­ing mod­els and reap­ing the re­wards. DGH is an out­sourc­ing model for truck­ing and trans­port op­er­a­tors – pro­vid­ing a plat­form to con­nect with an ex­pe­ri­enced pool of flex­i­ble ad­di­tional driv­ers, al­low­ing our clients to op­er­ate more leanly and ef­fi­ciently.”

Cen­tral Trans­port gen­eral man­ager Rob­bie His­lop says, in work­ing with DGH for two years, he’s found it “to be re­li­able, re­source­ful – pro­vid­ing us with the right driv­ers for our di­verse busi­ness.”


DGH found­ing di­rec­tor Bodhi Vette

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