The results of the
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s 2018 Mixer Driver Recruitment
and Retention Survey show pressure on producers to maintain a healthy
concrete delivery professional driver pool increased. It is visible in the
reported three percent drop in the mixer driver population between January
and December 2017. Second, 48 percent reported lost business because they
did not have a driver to deliver the order; that’s up 12 percent from 2017.
And third, there was a 34 percent increase in respondents to the 2018
survey, perhaps illustrating a larger desire to understand the challenge
The mixer driver pool remains about 75,000, as in 2015 and 2016. The
turnover rate increased to 29.1 percent, up from 25.8 percent in 2016. That
equates to about 18 percent of the driver pool, or 13,500 drivers nationally
(quit and released). Of the drivers who were hired, then left the same year,
6,600 did so, or 9 percent of the 2017 driver pool. That is up from 4,800
drivers in 2016. Of note, mentoring new mixer drivers dropped to 74 percent
of producers from 85 percent in 2016. Additionally, many producers dropped
the mentorship length to less than one month from one-to-three months in
In the survey’s four-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, that is, they do not hire new commercially licensed drivers or
drivers under 25. Yet, the industry managed to hire between 20,000-23,000
drivers each year from 2014 to 2017. Better pay, inconsistent daily
schedules and lack of a steady 12-month income/work remain the top three
reasons drivers quit for the third year.
Mixer drivers’ average age is 46.4 years old, close to the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics’ (BLS) 2017 estimated age of heavy equipment commercial
drivers at 46.7 years. While mixer driver national tenure dropped to 9.0
years from 9.6 years the previous two years, the BLS reports only 29 percent
of American workers have a 10+ year tenure with their companies. This
industry’s 2017 10+ tenure was 45%.
NRMCA’s annual Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey examines
the state of mixer driver employment pool between January 1 and December 31.
This year’s response rate reflects 28 percent of NRMCA’s estimated 75,000
drivers. NRMCA also estimates the total ready mixed concrete industry
employment population at approximately 135,000 employees; mixer drivers are
56 percent of that total. The survey’s response rate per question averaged
89 percent. 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 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 Workforce Development Committee.
Comments, questions, and concerns are always welcome.
in next year’s survey. It will be available May 1, 2019 with results
released September 2019.
Download the 2017 survey’s results:
Click here to download the Executive Summary
Members click here to download the full report
Click here for the 2017