The survey, which asked whether respondents believed there would be more fleet managers in 2010 than there are today, showed that 70% believed fleet manager numbers will rise over the next two years.
Their sentiments are backed up by a recent GE Capital Solutions report, which stated that while the decline in fleet manager numbers is still evident, the rate of decline has slowed dramatically over the past 12 months.
This slowdown is attributed to the recent growth in company car provision and the need to ensure duty of care obligations and environmental concerns are met – tasks that mean for many companies a fleet manager is needed now more than ever before.
“Because of their growing risk management responsibilities and general concern over green issues, employers are growing nervous about cash for car and ECO schemes.”
In addition the increasing focus on environmental issues is not going to go away, and hence costs shall only rise if full professional management is not charged with the fleet/travel arena.”
“The company car is becoming less of a benefit. Many companies I believe are making cash alternatives schemes more attractive so they can move away from the company car and the increased onus being put on the company by government bodies.”