Download the 2018 Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey Report
The results of NRMCA's 2018 Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey show increased pressure on producers to maintain a healthy concrete delivery professional driver pool. It is visible in the reported three percent drop in the mixer driver population between January and December 2017. Secondly, 48 percent reported lost business because they did not have a driver to deliver the order, up 12 percent from 2017. Lastly, there was a 34 percent increase in respondents to the 2018 survey, perhaps illustrating a larger desire to better understand the challenge.
In the survey’s four-year history, respondents overwhelmingly noted their biggest hiring challenge was finding drivers with ready mixed concrete experience. Nevertheless, 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 in a row.