Driver turnover at non-public fleets jumped this yr to just about 23%, a report spike, in response to the Nationwide Non-public Truck Council’s annual benchmarking survey of 104 non-public fleets throughout the U.S.
Regardless of a yr marked by capability constraints in lots of areas, together with tools and part shortages, driver shortages and rising diesel gasoline costs, non-public fleets reported development. In 2022, the non-public fleets surveyed in NPTC’s 2022 Benchmarking Survey elevated shipments by about 10% from final yr and elevated quantity by about 7%. The worth of shipments additionally rose by 11.5%.
Whereas the character of personal fleets (which hardly ever deal with peak demand or quantity ranges) affords a point of safety from financial, market and social pressures, NPTC officers wrote within the survey report, driver points have been a prime problem for many fleets.
Driver Turnover at Non-public Fleets in 2022
The common turnover for the previous 10 years is about 14.5%. In 2021, turnover was about 16%. However this yr, the typical jumped past expectations to just about 22.5%, eclipsing the 20% barrier for the primary time within the survey’s historical past.
“The pandemic despatched shockwaves by means of [drivers’] funds and thru their jobs. I believe there have been lots of people that didn’t need to danger altering jobs. They wished to guard what that they had,” stated NPTC Government Vice President Tom Moore throughout a digital press convention presenting the report findings. “In yr one of many pandemic we noticed a variety of pent-up demand and turnover that dropped down a yr or two,” he added. “Hastily all that pent up demand went trying to find cash and a greater alternative.”
2023 Predictions for Driver Turnover at Non-public Fleets
NPTC expects driver turnover at non-public fleets to return to the 16 to 17% vary as pent up demand subsides.
“I believe non-public fleets are doing a greater job of understanding the sort of drivers that they are bringing on, and I believe that by making that sort of funding within the hiring course of we’ll see possible a return to extra regular turnover figures,” Moore predicts.
Non-public Fleet Truck Driver Compensation
In the meantime, the typical driver compensation for personal fleet truck drivers is at an all time excessive: $79,907. That is up 5% from 2021.
“About two-thirds of our members are altering [compensation packages] on an annual foundation, no massive shock there,” Moore stated. “However curiously sufficient, one other 26% are altering it extra often than yearly or as want.”
About 57% of personal fleets are additionally utilizing sign-on bonuses as a option to entice drivers.
Be taught extra about how fleets are rethinking driver pay.
The Ageing Driver Inhabitants Drawback in Non-public Fleets
In 2022, the typical driver age stays at greater than 50 years previous for the ninth yr in a row. This yr coming in at an all-time excessive of 51.6 years of age, the oldest driving inhabitants within the historical past of the survey.
“This common age continues to shock given the variety of older drivers who exited the business by way of retirement cited elsewhere on this report,” NPTC officers wrote.
What Does the Ageing Driver Inhabitants Imply for Fleets?
The rise in common driver age has implications when it comes to security and employee’s compensation points, defined Ellen Ingram, director of human assets at non-public fleet America’s Service Line, throughout an NPTC digital press convention.
With an growing older inhabitants, fleets have to take extra consideration to think about depart of absence insurance policies and different work comp occasions (akin to age-related illnesses), Ingram stated.
The aim is to know the right way to retain the growing older driver inhabitants throughout vital occasions in drivers lives by means of compensation.
How throughout these vital occasions in drivers lives — so as to retain them — can we come compensate them with incapacity applications and such, she stated.
“The age of that inhabitants has implications all through the enterprise and finally retention of people,” she stated.