NRMCA seeks Driver Recruitment Survey responses by month’s end

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

The NRMCA Workforce Development Committee is encouraging producer participation in one of its top annual deliverables: the Mixer Driver Recruitment & Retention Survey, open here through June 28. Members aim to eclipse a 2018 survey sampling of 183 producers representing an estimated 26 percent of the industry driver pool. 

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Recruitment, retention survey measures mixer driver pool decline

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

Results from the NRMCA Workforce Development Committee’s 2018 Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey confirm an increased pressure on ready mixed producers to maintain a healthy concrete delivery professional pool. The survey indicates that the industry’s driver ranks dropped 3 percent between January and December 2017, while 48 percent of respondents reported lost business because they did not have drivers to deliver orders—up 12 percent from last year’s survey (2016 figures).

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Mixer driver survey finds lower vacancy rates, fewer capacity constraints

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

NRMCA 2017 Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey results are markedly brighter than those of the previous two years. Some 36 percent of respondents turned down business due to lack of drivers in 2016, versus 51 percent the prior year, while the driver vacancy rate dropped about two points for a third consecutive year, to 4.6 percent as of December 2016. Just over 90 percent of 2017 survey respondents cite plans to hire additional mixer drivers this year, up from 72 percent last year.

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Experienced-candidate dearth remains top mixer driver recruiting hitch

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

Ready mixed producers participating in the 2016 Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey list availability of commercially-licensed drivers with concrete delivery experience as their top hiring challenge; just over half report turning down business due to a lack of qualified staff to operate their fleets.

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