Percentage of Female HR Professionals in Transportation Remains High
by Women In Trucking Staff, on Aug 8, 2023 5:00:00 AM
ARLINGTON, Va. – Aug. 8, 2023 – According to new data from the 2023 WIT Index, which recently was released by the Women In Trucking Association (WIT), an average 74.6% of human resources (HR) and talent management roles in transportation companies are held by women. The WIT Index is an industry barometer to benchmark and measure each year the percentage of women who make up critical roles in commercial freight transportation.
In addition, the 2023 WIT Index finds that approximately 48.6% of respondents report 50% to 89% of professionals in their company’s HR/Talent Management positions are women. Traditionally, the HR profession has been long-perceived as a female-oriented profession, primarily because of the skill sets requirement in the field, according to Jennifer Hedrick, WIT’s president and CEO. “Women are commonly considered to have a strong Emotional Intelligence (EI) score,” she said, “and in general tend to possess the critical skills required for this discipline, such as multitasking, leadership, planning, communication, and human relations.”
Initiated in 2016, the WIT Index is based upon reported statistics by companies in transportation, including for-hire trucking companies, private fleets, transportation intermediaries, railroads, ocean carriers, equipment manufacturers, and technology companies. Data involving the 2023 WIT Index was confidentially gathered from January through April of 2023 from 350 participating companies of various sizes operating in the trucking industry. Percentages are reported only as aggregate totals of respondents rather than by individual company.
Along with its traditional benchmark percentages among HR/talent management, leadership, and professional drivers in commercial freight transportation, WIT again this year has expanded its collection on the percentage of women to include operations, technicians, sales, and marketing.
For more information on the WIT Index and to download a full executive summary of the 2023 WIT Index findings, visit https://www.womenintrucking.org/index.
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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: Arrow Truck Sales, Bridgestone Americas, Daimler Truck North America, FedEx Freight, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Michelin North America, Navistar International, Inc., PACCAR, Penske Transportation Solutions, Ryder System, Walmart, and WM. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. For more information, visit www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.