With warmer weather comes brighter prospects for car fitters

As the UK settles into spring, automotive fitters are enjoying an average wage increase of 6.2% since February according to recruitment specialists, Blue Arrow. The specialist staffing agency’s latest sector trends report revealed the impact of this has been a boost from £26,254 to £27,886 per annum, the most significant rise to occur across all four featured sectors this month.

However, despite the fact that car fitters, warehouse operatives and production operatives have all seen a positive impact on their average incomes in March 2017, the earnings of the manufacturing and production industry as a whole have dropped 3.8%. Unfortunately, welders felt the brunt of this with an average drop of 1.3%, from £25,183 down to £24,850.

The hospitality and catering industry enjoyed another increase to the industry average salary, although it is a modest improvement compared to February’s 4.2% at just 0.9%. Chef de partie wages are on the rise again at around 5%, from £21,853 to £22,969, but the role of head chef continues to be the highest earner at £32,280. The only fall was seen with waiters and bartenders as they suffered a 3.8% drop from £17,885 to £17,208 – now just marginally higher than the average commis chef at £17,003.

It has not been a particularly encouraging month for the transport and logistics sector. The industry average salary is down 5.5%, from £26,702 to £25,226. The most significant decrease was seen with class 2 drivers as they surpassed the industry’s average decline by 0.4%. This 5.9% decrease resulted in a dip from £22,664 to £23,043. However, there was a boost to the lowest and highest earners of the sector; order pickers are up 3.1% since last month, recovering from their fall in January for an average wage of £16,312. Class 1 drivers have also seen their average wage climb 1.7% from their unanticipated fall last month, growing from £25,933 to £27,566 .

March’s report showed some stability for call centre, admin and secretarial workers with a slight rise of 0.7% in average salary. Admin roles dropped down just 0.4% and call centre advisors saw no change whatsoever, remaining static at £17,097. The biggest change occurred for PAs who fell 5.9%, decreasing from last month’s £26,711 to £25,189 , although they remain the highest earners within the industry. The biggest positive outcome was for receptionists who saw a 3% rise, bringing them up to £18,836.

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

Toni Richards, Marketing Director, said, “On the face of it March has been a relatively steady month, particularly for call centre advisors. With the UK’s current economic and political uncertainties, there’s a lot of positivity to be found in March’s sector report.”

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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