Manufacturing and production salaries rise by 1.8%

The average salary for Warehouse Operatives has increased 2% from last year according to this month’s sector trend report from Blue Arrow. This equates to £330 more per annum – from £16,726 in July 2016 to £17,056 in July 2017.

The manufacturing and production sector saw a modest increase of 1.8% to £26,509 per annum. The most significant boost was experienced by Production Operatives, as their average salary rose 3.6% from £16,649 in July 2016 to £17,244 in July 2017. Demand has also been consistent across contract, temporary and permanent opportunities, indicating relative stability for the sector as we move in to August.

Call centre, admin and secretarial positions underwent minor salary changes. The industry average salary rose 0.8%, with Customer Service Advisors and Receptionists benefiting from this uplift by 2% and 2.1%. On the other hand, Personal Assistants and Administrators all experienced decreases in salary. Admin roles suffered as a result of this drop as their average salary dropped 2.1% from £20,462 in July 2016 to £20,016 in July 2017.

Similarly to last month, the largest increase seen across Blue Arrow’s July sector trend report has been with Commis Chefs. In June their average salary flourished by an incredible 16.8%, and they have enjoyed significant growth once again – albeit at a slightly slower rate of 5.6%, their salary has increased from £16,862 in July 2016 to £17,806 in July 2017. The hospitality and catering sector as a whole has seen some positive salary increases, with the exception of Waiting Staff and Bartenders whose average wage has dropped by 2.4%. The industry average is also down by 3.1%.

Perhaps the most balanced sector in July has been transport and logistics. The industry average salary may have gone down by 1.9%, but the salary for each reported role has increased –with Order Pickers rising by 0.3% and Fork Lift Drivers by 3.7%. Class II Drivers salary increased by 1.8%, lifting from £23,138 in July 2016 to £23,557 in July 2017. Job demand is also stable in the sector.

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 sector trend reports feature salary analysis, job demand levels and average salaries by every UK region.

Toni Richards, Marketing Director, commented, “There’s been a few unexpected declining trends in this month’s sector report, but overall things are looking stable. As we move closer to autumn, we begin moving into the peak months for many businesses and we’re hoping to see salaries increase as clients compete for candidates during their busiest time of the year.
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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