Waiters and bartenders served a boost to their salaries this April

Despite the fact that 2017 is proving to be a turbulent year both financially and politically for the UK, waiters and bartenders have enjoyed a significant rise to their salaries this month. With an 11.7% increase from £16,048 to £17,922, these roles are strengthening their position in the industry since March 2017’s figures.

On the whole, the hospitality and catering industry is in a very positive place. The average industry salary is up 2.7% and commis chefs – the current lowest earners – had an encouraging boost of 6.7% in April. The two highest earners – head chefs and sous chefs – had more modest increases of 1.2% and 1%, but overall the industry is in good form as we head towards summer.

The same, unfortunately, can’t quite be said for the transport and logistics industry. The average salary is down 4.7%, from £25,971 to £24,760, and job demand has decreased considerably in the last 30 days. Fork lift drivers have also taken a knock of -3.3% to their salaries, which has no doubt made a particular impact to the lowest earners for this role in the North East. Other roles in the industry have had minor increases to the average wage, with warehouse operatives seeing the biggest rise at 4.3%, but in general there hasn’t been much of a positive movement for this sector.

Manufacturing and production have seen a minor slump, with the average wage decreasing 2.9% from last April. However, the average salary for welders has increased by 6.3% to £24,387 and the only decrease in wages was for fitters, down a meagre 1.1% from from £28,134 to 27,819. . Fitters remain the highest earners by a margin of £3,432 per annum.

The call centre, admin and secretarial sector have experienced fairly similar results to manufacturing and production in many ways; the average salary has also decreased a little (-1.9%) and the highest earners, PAs, have seen their average salary fall as well. However, for PAs the drop was a little more significant at -6.4% drop from £28,034 in April 2016 to £25,189 April 2017. Customer services had the opposite result with an additional 6.3% added to the average wage. Across the remainder of the sector there were minor fluctuations and a slight reduction in job demand, most notably in temporary work, but in general the industry is looking stable.

Focusing on the most sought-after job roles within the hospitality and catering; transport and logistics; manufacturing and production; and call centre, admin and secretarial sectors, Blue Arrow’s unique reports feature salary analysis, job demand levels and average salaries by every UK region.

Toni Richards, Marketing Director, said: “There were a few little surprises here and there across the board, but considering the unexpected UK election that has been sprung on us, salaries and incoming job prospects are fairly steady right now.”

With over 60 branches across the UK, Blue Arrow provides specialist staffing services to clients across the hospitality, manufacturing, public service, retail, support services and transport sectors.

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