Although utility fleets are growing, a report from Utilimarc has found that staffing is not growing at the same rate. Instead, the ratio of vehicles to staff members is growing.
Utilimarc analyzed data from 27 companies who participated in the companies benchmarking platform from 2010 to 2018 to determine current staffing trends. The company found that fleet technicians support around 20% more vehicles than they have in years past. Fleet size within this period increased by 8%.
The number of vehicles per administrative staff (which includes manager, analysts, clerks, and other non-technician staff) has increased from 68.5 in 2010 to 80.7 in 2018 — an 18% increase.
The number of vehicles per technician increased from 31.4 in 2010 to 37.6 In 2020 — a 20% increase.
Utilimarc noted that not all numbers are easily comparable. Additional factors that may affect staffing decisions include new vehicle technology, new reporting requirements, and changes in the amount of work outsourced.