The final two weeks in November saw the company achieve all-time record weekly turnover of £2.1 million. This was beaten in December’s first week when turnover climbed to £2.2 million – 22 per cent ahead of the corresponding week last year. In addition, twelve Driver Hire franchisees set new records for weekly turnover.
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 CEO.
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 eight 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 Chris. “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.”
Published: 16 December 2014
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