Logistic Workers are Prioritising Pay Rises

Twenty-three per cent of logistics workers expect a pay increase. Two-thirds say a salary increase is their number one career priority this year. If their employer doesn’t offer a pay rise, almost half will request one.


“Logistics companies have  been targeting multi-skilled candidates who have a strong knowledge of systems and processes. They must also have a proven track record in reducing costs, the ability to achieve demanding KPIs, and diverse experience. Add the requirement for a wider technical skill set and the ability to meet compliance and OH&S regulations for those in management roles, and it is surprising that salaries have not increased in line with rising employer expectations. How long this can continue remains to be seen”, said an HR spokesperson.


“In transport specifically, we have seen an active market for transport professionals, particularly in Victoria and New South Wales where infrastructure is strained. Salaries have increased in response to demand, reaching up to $85,000 plus superannuation.”


The Hays Salary Guide found:

  • Business activity increased for 74 per cent of employers in the past 12 months, while 77 per cent expect it to increase in the next 12 months;
  • 40 per cent foresee a strengthening economy in the coming six to 12 months;
  • 40 per cent of employers expect to increase permanent staff levels in the next 12 months in their distribution department;
  • Meanwhile 20 per cent expect to increase their use of temporary and contract distribution staff;
  • 40 per cent of organisations now employ temporary and contract staff in their distribution department on a regular ongoing basis and another 20 per cent employ them for special projects or workloads;
  • In the last 12 months, 16 per cent of Australians asked for a pay rise but were declined – a further 18 per cent asked for a pay rise and were successful;
  • The success of the latter perhaps explains why 48 per cent say they intend to ask for a pay rise in their next review. A further 24 per cent are as yet unsure;
  • 32 per cent of employers say staff turnover has increased in their organisation over the last 12 months;
  • 67 per cent of employers, compared to 65 per cent last year, are worried that skill shortages will impact the effective operation of their organisation or department in a significant (26 per cent) or minor (41 per cent) way;
  • 67 per cent of employers offer flexible salary packaging. Of these, the most common benefits offered to all employees are salary sacrifice (offered to all employees by 57 per cent of employers), above mandatory superannuation (41 per cent), parking (33 per cent), private health insurance (29 per cent) and bonuses (27 per cent);
  • 70 per cent of employees have access to flexible work practices, 56 per cent receive ongoing learning & development, 45 per cent career progression opportunities, 36 per cent health and wellness programs, 32 per cent over 20 days’ annual leave and 30 per cent financial support for study.