Young truck drivers found no more likely to quit

Study finds younger people as likely to stay as older counterparts

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Finding good quality candidates for truck driving jobs is one thing, keeping them is another.

Driver retention is a massive headache for transport company operators, particularly in an environment such as in Australia and the U.S. where there are more driving jobs than candidates to fill them.

Related: Train and retain: how to attract drivers in a shortage

But are young drivers more likely to quit their job early on in their time with a new employer? No, according to a new study conducted in the U.S.

Stay Metrics found younger drivers are only slightly more likely to leave within the first six months of employment than their middle-aged counterparts.

The study included more than 100,000 drivers working for 140 carriers found across every age group nearly 60% of all drivers will leave within that half year period.

More than one in three will pull the pin in the first three months.

And while drivers aged 21-40 did have turnover rates higher than the average at nearly 69%, that percentage is only up slightly on the 67% of 41-45s handing in their notice.

Drivers in the 56-60 age group had the lowest turnover at just 49%.

“Contrary to popular belief, ‘Millennial’ drivers are only slightly more likely than middle-age Gen X drivers to leave their carriers,” – Tim Hindes, chief executive officer of Stay Metrics.

“The study shows age is a factor, but we don’t see that impulsive decision making we often associate with youth as a leading cause of early driver turnover.”

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Do you run a transport company? What are your experiences with hiring and retaining drivers? The good, the bad, the ugly, we’d love to know. Leave a comment in the comments section below.

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