For Immediate Release
Contact: Brynn Everett, Women In Trucking
In Trucking Association Updates WIT Index
WI – April 26, 2018 – The Women In Trucking Association’s
(WIT) goal is to increase the percentage of women employed in the trucking
industry. To do that, we developed the WIT Index by partnering with the
National Transportation Institute (NTI) to monitor the percentage of female
drivers and leaders within the industry.
The NTI is
a top research organization that surveys hundreds of trucking firms for
data regarding driver wages, benefits, retirement plans and more. Each
quarter they aggregate the data and provide it to carriers for benchmarking
the NTI added two questions to their list of research responses to assist
WIT in tracking the percentage of their driving feel that is female as well
as the percentage of their leadership team that is comprised of women. In
January of 2017, we reported that women comprise over seven percent of
female over-the-road drivers and 23 percent of management.
numbers contrast with the department of labor which tracks women employed
as “driver/sales workers and truck drivers.” The NTI figures track over the
road drivers specifically.
recently calculated this year’s figures and the reports hold some hidden
surprises. First, the percentage of female drivers increased from 7.13
percent last year to 7.89 percent at the end of 2017. The number of women
in management has increased as well, from 23 percent last year to 23.75
percent at the end of 2017.
surprise is in the number of carriers who are now reporting these numbers.
In the past two years, there has been a 19 percent improvement in those
companies tracking the percentage of female drivers and managers. This
means that more companies are actually monitoring these figures and can
benchmark with other carriers in the industry. As Management guru Peter
Drucker claimed, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.”
companies who participated in the research, over 25 percent of the carriers
surveyed reported nearly a thirty (28.7) percent average increase in their
female driver population.
is guaranteed and is also why we’ve been a trusted resource in the
transportation industry since 1995,” said Leah Shaver, Chief Operating
Officer at NTI. “We do not share WIT Index participant data or name
with anyone, without their permission.” Shaver added. To include your
company profile please visit https://www.driverwages.com/wit-index/. Contributing
carriers will not be specified within the index and will receive a copy
with aggregated results by region and fleet size.
Trucking has also partnered with the Memphis University to track the
percentage of women who serve in management and on the boards of publicly
traded carriers. Of the sixteen organizations, twelve, or 75 percent,
have female directors, a slight increase from 2016 where ten out of
fifteen* or 67 percent included women on their boards.
of publicly traded carriers also tracks the percentage of women holding
executive positions. Only six of the fifteen companies showed women in
management roles, which was unchanged from 2016.
year’s index names ArcBest, led by CEO Judy McReynolds, as the leader in
both groups with 28 percent female executives and 33 percent of the board
of director seats held by women.
Inc. (SNA) became publicly held in 2016.
About Women In Trucking
In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to
encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their
accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the
trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its
members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by
its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Michelin North
America, Arrow Truck Sales, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler
Trucks North America, BMO Transportation Finance, Expediter Services, Great
Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, and Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or
LinkedIn. For more information, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org/
or call 888-464-9482.
About The National
National Transportation Institute was founded in 1995 with a goal of
providing accurate and authoritative mission-critical benchmarks to
truckload carriers on company driver and owner-operator compensation
history and changes. The National Transportation Institute’s publications are
used by insurers, consultants, carriers, shippers and nearly every equity
analyst who follow transportation sector stocks. NTI’s largest subscriber
base remains in the transportation sectors for-hire and truckload fleets
where they are widely used as a tool for fleet executives to understand the
direction and velocity of the Class A CDL market wages and emerging pay
strategies. To learn more, visit https://www.driverwages.com or