The National Transportation Institute is again overseeing all aspects of the confidential data collection and analysis of the WIT Index. The annual survey accurately tracks the percentage of women working as professional drivers and in management positions within the trucking industry, the expansion of which is seen as a key solution to the driver shortage. The data collection is offered at the opportune time when companies nationwide are completing their EEO-1 Survey. The survey can be accessed through the following link: https://driverwages.com/wit-index/
KANSAS CITY, MO. – March 18, 2019 – The National Transportation Institute (NTI), recognized as the principal authority for truck driver and owner-operator compensation in the trucking industry, is once again partnering with the Women In Trucking Association (WIT) to facilitate the data collection and analysis of the WIT Index. This annual survey of trucking companies studies the percentage of women working as professional drivers and in management positions within the trucking industry. With the deadline fast approaching, NTI and WIT together issued a call to action for all fleets to participate in the survey.
“Our collaboration with Women In Trucking on the WIT Index has become a passion project for me and the members of our team at NTI. We launched the 2019 survey earlier this year, and I would strongly encourage every company that employs truck drivers in our industry to participate in the WIT Index,” said Leah Shaver, Chief Operating Officer of NTI. “Opportunities are expanding for women across the industry, and one of the key long-term solutions to the driver shortage will be the further expansion of the employment of women at motor carriers. The response by carriers to the brief list of survey questions is the critical first step in the process of our work with the WIT Index. The data NTI collects from carriers will allow us to measure progress, identify best practices and continue to benchmark standards in our industry.”
NTI began working with the WIT Index in 2016 when Shaver joined the WIT Board of Directors. Ellen Voie, the President and CEO of WIT, sought to obtain the most detailed and accurate data available in the examination of employment trends for women found in the trucking industry. During each of the years that NTI has managed the survey and analysis aspects of the WIT Index, the participation among companies has grown and the results have shown continued increases in the percentage of women behind the wheel and in trucking management positions.
“We have seen firsthand the increased participation of women in all areas of trucking throughout the 12 years that the Women In Trucking Association has been in existence. Quantifying the growth of women within the workforce of the trucking industry is one of the most important tasks that we have as an association,’’ said Voie. “We are very grateful to be able to call upon the expertise of the National Transportation Institute for the 2019 update to the WIT Index. Once again, this year, NTI is donating its time and services to facilitate the survey, tabulate the results and provide WIT with the kind of trend analysis that helps our association in planning some of our key initiatives. The pro bono work that NTI performs on the WIT Index is a very important and generous contribution to our association and to the industry.”
Shaver is again overseeing all aspects of the data collection and analysis of the WIT Index. Throughout NTI’s work on the WIT Index for 2019, Shaver has emphasized that, as in past years, confidentiality is guaranteed for those carriers participating in the survey.
“The WIT Index allows us to accurately track progress and identify trends and best practices by fleets nationwide. The top issue plaguing every trucking company today is enough people. We’re operating at a historical low unemployment in the U.S., and there are more jobs than workers to fill them,” said Shaver. “There is so much opportunity to gain from recruiting and retaining more women, highlighted by the 2018 WIT Index results which revealed that fewer than eight percent of drivers were women. The 2019 results can be used by participating carriers in efforts to further address the driver shortage and their own strategy. NTI always does a deep dive into the data generated by the WIT Index survey, and that allows us to provide WIT and the participating fleets with the kind of analysis that can promote further growth of opportunities for women within our industry. Women are key to long-term solutions to our workforce shortage, and best practices to recruit and retain are likewise key to carrier success.”
“The WIT Index is a great opportunity for every fleet in our industry to contribute to the story of the continued growth taking place for women working in trucking,” said Voie. “I really look forward to this process. It’s an opportunity to accurately measure where the number of women involved in our industry stands. I see this time of year as an important call to action, and I would like to see every carrier in the nation participate in the WIT Index.”
The 2019 WIT Index Survey will run through April 8, 2019. The survey can be accessed through the following link: https://driverwages.com/wit-index/
About The National Transportation Institute
The National Transportation Institute (NTI) 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. NTI’s publications are used by insurers, consultants, carriers and shippers as well as nearly every equity analyst who follows transportation sector stocks. NTI’s largest subscriber base remains in the transportation sector’s Private Fleets, Publicly-traded and Privately-held For-Hire Carriers. NTI’s publications are widely used as a tool for fleet executives to understand the direction and velocity of the Class A and Class B CDL market wages and emerging pay strategies. To learn more, visit DriverWages.com or call 612-263-9983.
About Women In Trucking Association, Inc.
Women 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 https://www.womenintrucking.org/ or call 888-464-9482.