Driving Driver Diversity
honest. If you were asked to describe a typical HGV driver, the vast
majority would say it’s a middle-aged male, slightly scruffy and
too fond of a fried breakfast. It may be a cliché, but one thing’s
sure, few would have included a woman in their thinking.
be fair, you wouldn’t be far wrong. Recent research into gender
equality logistics shows that today there are around 2200 female HGV
drivers working in the transport supply chain. That’s only 2% of
the total workforce. And it doesn’t get much better in head office
where only 25% of senior managers or directors are women.
Some might argue the nature of the role is unattractive to female applicants and the costs to enter the industry are prohibitive. But a recent Twitter poll showed that 79% of women would be happy to work in the logistics supply chain and would be confident to drive a 44-tonne truck.
Benefits Of Gender Equality Logistics
It seems the supply chain sectors are missing a trick. Industrial research consistently shows that having a diverse workforce has clear commercial benefits. Companies who actively embrace diversity can see a 40% better return on sales, along with an extra 50% return on equity.
looking to address gender equality logistics firms are now taking the
issue seriously. However, using short-term solutions like the
introduction of positive discrimination policies are not considered
Henderson Recruitment recently published a white paper that included
research from supply chain firms, that confirmed this conclusion.
Their view is that roles should be filled based on skills and not
gender. It’s a position well summarised by Bethany Fovargue, a
former member of the Women in Logistics steering committee who said:
“Positive discrimination is wrong; nobody wants to be the token woman. The thinking shouldn’t be ‘our board is 100% men, we need 25% women’. The business should be questioning the culture and then changing that culture; that’s where you start getting value in having diverse boards.”
Diverse Supply Chain
To promote gender equality, logistics firms need to think more creatively and look for ways to help applicants of all types into the industry, not just based on the need to meet quotas. Better training, perhaps funded by Government, increased use of supply chain and recruitment technology and more welcoming workplace cultures all have a part to play.
One thing’s sure, with huge numbers of driver vacancies, the supply chain sector needs to act quickly to become more attractive to a diverse workforce that includes women. It’s an exercise that won’t just be about corporate box-ticking; it’ll be an economic necessity.
To Be Diverse
a responsible employer, Truckcraft has always maintained an equal
opportunities approach to our staffing and corporate culture. We
firmly believe this has contributed to our industry success and in
the development of our world-class range of delivery vehicles and
also sincerely hope that our trucks and vans are in use by a diverse
range of drivers enjoying the vehicle’s unique design while carving
out a great career in the supply chain industry.
For more information on our range of delivery trucks and vans, please contact the Truckcraft Bodies sales team on 0161 304 9404. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Published: Jan 23