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2019 Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Synopsis
This is the fifth year for NRMCA’s Mixer Driver Recruitment & Retention
Survey. Data was collected between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019. The
Executive Summary is a synopsis of the national results most critical
questions; the full report is more detailed and further delineates findings
by region and size of company.
Pressure increased on producers to maintain a healthy mixer driver pool. Not
only did 60% report they turned away orders because they did not have
drivers to deliver product but also 95% reported driver vacancies, up 27%.
Both factors dramatically increased over last year’s survey. Since 2014, it
is estimated the industry hired approximately 115,500 mixer drivers;
approximately 102,400 left in the same period in a five-year average mixer
driver pool of 74,400.
There is good news. Last year, the mixer driver pool increased for the first
time in two years, up 2,000 drivers, to an estimated 77,000. Nevertheless,
on the last day of the survey, producers reported 9,900 unfulfilled jobs.
Respondents overwhelmingly noted their biggest hiring challenge was finding
drivers with industry experience. Facing such a shortage, 43% will hire
18-21 year old drivers and 51% will hire newly licensed commercial drivers.
Approximately 8% of new hires were new CDL drivers. 56% of respondents
rehired former employees, equating to 9% of the new-hire mixer driver pool.
Of the approximate 28,000 mixer drivers hired last year, about 25,000 left.
Of that, 9,800 were hired and left in the 12-month survey range, meaning
over 60% of total separation (15,000 drivers) had more than one-year
experience. The turnover rate increased to 33%, up from 29% in 2017. This
year, as for three of the survey’s five years, producers report more drivers
left for a short-haul driving job, not in the industry. Second was to a
competitor producer. “Retirement” was sixth. Higher pay elsewhere and
inconsistent daily schedules remain the top two reasons drivers quit for the
fourth year. The quit/released ratio was 66%-33%, whereas the national
separation trend for US workers, as reported by US Bureau of Labor
Statistics (US BLS), was 55%-45%. Finally, mentoring new mixer drivers
dropped to 54% last year, from a 2016 high of 85%.
Mixer drivers’ median age is 46 years old, older than the US BLS 2019
estimated median age of “material moving workers” at 43 years and 44 years
for “durable goods manufacturing: ‘cement, concrete, lime, and gypsum
products’”. Tenure dropped to 8.2 years from 9.6 years the previous two
years. The US BLS reports 29% of American workers have a 10+ year tenure
with their company; this industry’s was 28%.
This annual survey reports staffing levels, retention rates, internal job
mobility, age, and tenure data. It also looks at recruitment methods, hiring
rates, trends, and challenges. Finally, it examines separation, including
total turnover, voluntary turnover, involuntary turnover, layoff turnover,
reasons for termination, and reasons mixer drivers quit. Respondents
represent their company and report on their driver-employees. This apparatus
does not survey mixer drivers.
Comments, questions, and concerns are always welcome.
For previous year’s reports, please contact Eileen
Please participate in next year’s survey. It will be available online the
entire month of May 2020 with results released September 2020.
Click here to download the 2018 Executive Summary
Click here for the 2018 Infographic
Members click here to download the full 2018 Mixer Driver
Click here to download the 2017 Executive Summary
Members click here to download the full report
Click here for the 2017
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