Modest pay hikes for Australia’s logistics workers

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Seventy-one per cent of Australia’s transport and distribution employers will give their staff a pay rise of up to three per cent in their next review – compared to 65 per cent of employers across all industries nationally.

The annual Hays Salary Guide, released in early June also shows that 16 per cent of transport and distribution employers will not increase salaries at all, above the 11 per cent non-industry-specific average.

Hays Logistics reported that 10 per cent of transport and distribution employers intend to award a salary increase of between three and six per cent in their employees’ next review, and just three per cent will increase salaries at the higher level of more than six per cent, compared to19 per cent across all industries.

The Salary Guide shows that many employers have a positive outlook yet remain cautious when it comes to salaries.

“2016–17 proved to be a mixed year for the logistics industry and, while costs remain tightly managed, recruitment activity has increased across all job levels,” said Tim James, Director, Hays Logistics.

“3PL providers continue to grow and the trend towards outsourcing logistics functions means salaries are being squeezed to accommodate aggressive pricing strategies geared to win new business on lower margins.

“Across Australia, positive productivity is linked to efficiency improvements, be that in warehousing, transport or supply chain. Companies are targeting candidates who have a strong knowledge of systems and processes, combined with a proven track record in reducing costs and achieving demanding KPIs.

“From a supply chain perspective, companies continue to seek jobseekers who have strong systems knowledge, especially SAP/APO. However these skills are scarce and subsequently salaries for these roles have increased, especially in NSW and Victoria,” he said.