Blue Arrow data has found the average salary in the transport and logistics sector has dropped 2.5 per cent, from £30,198 to £29,452. Despite this, a few roles have still experienced positive trends – notably forklift truck drivers who have enjoyed a significant pay hike – the average salary for forklift drivers has risen from £20,367 to £22,253, an uplift of 9.3 per cent compared with January 2016.
Elsewhere in the sector, Class I drivers, the best-paid professionals in the sector, saw their earnings fall 7.3 per cent to £27,874. Class II drivers are now close to becoming the best-paid in the industry due to a rise of 1.2 per cent, which takes their average salary to £25,203.
The manufacturing and production industry experienced a minor drop in average salaries, taking the average to £33,790 (-0.7 per cent). However, January proved an extremely successful month for fitters. An 8.7 per cent rise took their average earnings from £26,857 to £29,187 and strengthened their position as the highest earners in their sector. Despite seeing their earnings fall 3.7 per cent to £25,083, welders remain the highest-paid in Scotland, London, the South West, North East and Wales.
Except for a 4.5 per cent drop for sous chefs, salaries were up for all professionals in hospitality and catering, at an average of 0.5 per cent.Commis chefs benefited the most from this rise, with their average salary rising by 7.1 per cent from £16,157 to £17,301. Head chefs remain comfortably the best-paid in the industry, their earnings up 2.8 per cent to £32,583.
Call centre, admin and secretarial jobs experienced the biggest rise of all featured sectors – a rise of 0.9 per cent – from £23,294 to £24,149. This positive sector outlook extended to receptionists, whose average salary rose 7.3 per cent from £18,791 to £20,161. Despite a 2.4 per cent drop, P.A.s are still the highest paid professionals at £27,408.
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Toni Richards, Marketing Director, commented: “It’s surprising to see a 7.3 per cent drop in the average salary of Class I Drivers in January this year compared to January 2016, especially with talent shortages continuing to pose challenges to companies operating in transport and logistics sector.”