Numbers: Are Shops Keeping Techs Longer?

Nov. 8, 2023
A closer look at technician tenure and whether shops are using apprenticeships to fill the void.

Shop owners reported in the 2023 Ratchet+Wrench Industry Survey that despite the technician shortage, they are holding on to their techs longer. On the other side of that equation, the need for techs has led 26% of shop owners to create an apprenticeship program to solve their labor shortage challenges. 

Tech Tenure (in years) 

  • <1: 3%  
  • 1-2: 11%  
  • 3-4: 23% 
  • 5+: 63% 

Does Your Shop Have an Apprenticeship Program? 

  • Yes: 26%  
  • No: 74% 

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