Record breaking Driver Hire beats market trend
The final two weeks in November saw the company achieve all-time record weekly turnover of £2.1m. This was beaten in December’s first week when turnover climbed to £2.2m – 22 per cent ahead of the corresponding week last year. There was a similar story from its Australian business, which two weeks earlier, also reported record weekly trading figures, topping AU$260,000 and AU$900,000 for the full month.
“Whilst our current run of excellent trading is partly down to seasonal factors, there’s a definite flight to quality as we’re also gaining market share from our rivals,” says Chris Chidley, Driver Hire’s chief executive officer.
This is backed up by figures in the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) annual report which show that, over the past year, the average number of temporary drivers working on any given day fell by 8 per cent. In comparison, over the same period, Driver Hire’s network turnover grew by 19 per cent.
“All types of businesses – from publicly quoted companies through to smaller local transport operators – are seeking recruitment partners they can rely on. One which will deliver a compliant service and quality drivers,” says Chidley “Our longevity – now over 30 years in the recruitment industry – is another key selling point. And of course we offer a number of added-value services including Driver CPC training as well as online licence checking and online training too.”