Courier and Man and Van companies face ongoing driver retention concerns

New data shows that transport operators are currently being challenged with the retention of their drivers.

Logistics Manager reports new research published as part of the Close Brothers Business Barometer for the last 12 months has highlighted the issue of driver retention as among the top issues to face the sector at present, with an average level of driver turnover in the UK of 20 per cent.

Up to 31 per cent of respondents to the survey argued that they find it difficult to retain professional drivers after completing their training, while 25 per cent lamented an ongoing lack of suitably qualified drivers to fill key roles.

The managing director of the Transport Division at Close Brothers Asset Finance John Fawcett, commented: “It’s clear from both the research and speaking to our customers that transport firms are facing a number of challenges that are impacting on their ability to attract and retain drivers.”

He also argued that while levels of remuneration have been one of the biggest causes of driver mobility in the last year, recent studies have also shown that working arrangements that better meet the needs of busy individuals (like flexible working or a positive company culture) could be a great way to address issues of retention for firms in future.

Currently, My Sameday Delivery Ready Ltd is using an effective employee retention strategy in our man and van delivery services network to help retain our good staff and develop a stable workforce.

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