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Results from the
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s 2017 Mixer Driver Recruitment
and Retention Survey were markedly brighter than those found in the previous
two years. Some 36 percent of respondents turned down business due to lack
of drivers in 2016, lower than the 51 percent reported in 2015. The driver
vacancy rate steadily dropped about two percentage a year for the past three
years, to 4.6 percent as of December 31, 2016. Nevertheless, 92 percent
reported they would hire mixer drivers in 2017, up from 72 percent who
planned on hiring drivers in 2016. The most successful and frequently used
recruiting tools were internal employee referral, posting jobs on a
company’s Web site and social media.
NRMCA’s annual Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey examines the
state of mixer driver employment pool between January 1 and December 31 of
each year. This year’s response rate reflects 30 percent of NRMCA’s
estimated 2016 total of 75,000 drivers. NRMCA also estimates the total ready
mixed concrete industry employment population at approximately 135,000
employees; mixer drivers represent 56 percent of the total. The survey’s
response rate per question averaged 92 percent.
The mixer driver pool was estimated to be approximately 75,000 in both 2015
and 2016, up 5,000 drivers from 2014. The turnover rate dropped to 28
percent from 32 percent in 2015. In 2016, that equates to about 18,600
drivers nationally (quit and released). In 2015, the turnover equated to
23,075 drivers. Of the drivers who were hired and then left in the same
year, 4,800 did so in 2016, a more than 50 percent decrease from the
previous year. Of note, 85 percent of producers provided a mentor program to
new hires in 2016, whereas 49 percent did in 2015.
In the survey’s three-year history, respondents overwhelmingly noted their
biggest hiring challenge was finding drivers with ready mixed concrete
experience. Seventy-six percent of producers will only hire experienced
drivers; they do not hire new commercially licensed drivers or drivers under
25. Nevertheless, the industry managed to hire between 20,000 - 22,000
drivers each year between 2014 and 2016.
Mixer drivers’ average age in the survey was 47, the same as the U.S.
Department of Transportation’s and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS)
2016 estimated age of heavy equipment commercial drivers. While a mixer
driver’s average time on the job dropped to 9.6 years from 10 years the
previous two years, the BLS reports only 29 percent of American workers have
more than a 10-year tenure with their respective companies.
The annual survey reports 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 have quit.
Finally, the survey includes recruitment methods, hiring trends and
challenges, and the projected next-year hire. The survey is conducted under
the auspices of NRMCA’s Operations, Environmental and Safety Committee’s
Human Resource Task Group.
Comments, questions, and concerns are always welcome.
Please participate in next year’s survey. It will be available May 1, 2018
with results released September 2018.
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