Big Uplift for Forklift Drivers as Wider Salaries Stay Grounded

Forklift truck drivers have experienced a significant pay hike in the last 12 months according to catering, driving, industrial and office recruitment specialists, Blue Arrow. The specialist staffing company’s latest sector report reveals that the average salary for forklift drivers has risen from £20,367 to £22,253, an uplift of 9.3% compared with January 2016.

This rise challenges salary movements in the transport and logistics sector as a whole. The industry average dropped 2.5%, from £30,198 to £29,452, and Class I drivers, the best-paid professionals in the sector, saw their earnings fall 7.3% to £27,874. Class II drivers are now close to becoming the best-paid in the industry due to a rise of 1.2%, 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%). However, January proved an extremely successful month for fitters. An 8.7% 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% to £25,083, welders remain the highest-paid in Scotland, London, the South West, North East and Wales.

Except for a 4.5% drop for sous chefs, salaries were up for all professionals in hospitality and catering, at an average of 0.5%.Commis Chefs benefited the most from this rise, with their average salary rising by 7.1% from £16,157 to £17,301. Head Chefs remain comfortably the best-paid in the industry, their earnings up 2.8% to £32,583.

Call centre, admin and secretarial jobs experienced the biggest rise of all featured sectors – a rise of 0.9% – from £23,294 to £24,149. This positive sector outlook extended to receptionists, whose average salary rose 7.3% from £18,791 to £20,161. Despite a 2.4% drop, P.A.s are still the highest paid professionals at £27,408.

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: “It’s surprising to see a 7.3% 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.”

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.

Download January’s sector reports here: Sector Reports

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