Trucking’s Push to Recruit Veterans and Women Sees Mixed Results

- A survey by Driver iQ has found that trucking’s push to recruit more military veterans and women into its ranks has so far brought only mixed results. Driver iQ’s most recent Recruitment & Retention Survey found that compared to five years ago, the number of veterans and women hired at some fleets had risen, yet a significant percentage of fleets reported not targeting these groups at all.
For veterans, only 20% of the fleets that had a program reported successfully adding employees from that pool while 20% of the fleets were unsure if their programs worked at all. Twenty-five percent of the fleets indicated that there had been no change in the number of veterans and 38% indicated lacking programs to recruit veterans altogether.

As a group, women fared better in the survey, with 45% of respondents indicating that the number of female drivers had increased over five years. Still, 38% of the fleets surveyed reported having no programs aimed specifically at recruiting female drivers. The most common method that fleets used to recruit female drivers was to offer female trainers, according to Driver iQ.

The Q2 Trends in Truckload Recruitment and Retention Survey from Driver iQ is the fourth in a series of quarterly surveys designed to better understand and measure recruiting and retention experiences and expectations in the truckload sector.

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