NRMCA Releases Results of Annual Mixer Driver
Survey; Focus on Recruitment and Retention Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Silver Spring, MD – November 9, 2016 –
The National Ready Mixed Concrete
Association’s 2016 Mixer Driver
Recruitment and Retention Survey
results have been tabulated and can be
downloaded from NRMCA’s Web site. The
findings examine the state of the
mixer driver employment pool from
January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.
Data reflects 28% of NRMCA’s estimated
population of 75,000 mixer drivers.
The survey’s response rate per
question averaged 97%.
The survey grew from 21 questions in
2015 to 31 questions in 2016, to
accommodate the industry’s request for
more information. One new question
found 51% of respondents turned down
business due to lack of drivers to
deliver product. The study continues
to report on staffing levels,
retention rates, average age, tenure
rate and internal job mobility. It
also looks at the total turnover rate,
voluntary turnover rate, involuntary
turnover rate, layoff turnover rate
and reasons for termination as well as
reasons mixer drivers quit. Finally,
the study analyzed the 2015 hiring
rate, vacancy rate, hiring trends and
challenges, and the projected 2016
In both this and last year’s surveys,
respondents overwhelmingly noted their
biggest hiring challenge was finding
drivers with ready mixed concrete
experience. Seventy-eight percent of
producers only hired experienced
drivers; that is, they did not hire
new, commercially-licensed drivers.
Yet, in both survey years, the
industry hired almost 22,000 drivers
of the estimated 70,000 in 2014 and
75,000 in 2015’s driver population.
The national vacancy rate for mixer
drivers was 6.7% as of December 31,
2015, down 9% from 2014. In 2015, a
company hired an average of 45 mixer
drivers, with a median of 15 mixer
drivers; again, an increase over 2014.
Nevertheless, 9% reported they would
not hire mixer drivers in 2016. The
most successful and frequently-used
recruiting tools are internal employee
referral, followed by social media.
Mixer driver turnover was 32%, with
two-thirds quitting and one-third
company released. The turnover rate
equates to about 23,000 drivers. A
subset was the 11,000 drivers who were
hired and quit in 2015. The majority
left within three months after being
hired. The drivers’ average age was 46
years, the same as the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics and U.S. Department
of Transportation’s estimated age for
commercial drivers in 2015.
Additionally, mixer driver national
tenure was nine years; the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics reports the U.S.
worker’s average tenure on January 1,
2016 was 4.6 years.
NRMCA is celebrating its 86th year of
representing the producers of ready
mixed concrete and the companies that
provide materials, equipment and
support to the industry. It conducts
education, training, promotion,
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