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FLT operator salaries up 9.3% in a year
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FLT operator salaries up 9.3% in a year

Fork lift truck operators have experienced a significant pay hike in the last 12 months, according to catering, driving, industrial and office recruitment specialist Blue Arrow.

The specialist staffing company’s latest sector report reveals that the average salary for FLT operators 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%).

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.”

To download the reports, visit the Industry Insights page on Blue Arrow's website.

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