Transport managers win big pay bump: salary survey

By: Jason Whittaker

In-demand transport managers enjoyed a pay bump of almost 30 percent over the past year, according to a new salary

In-demand transport managers enjoyed a pay bump of almost 30 percent over the past year, according to a new salary survey of the logistics sector.

The majority of professionals in the logistics sector enjoyed pay rises between 3 and 6 percent over the past year, the 2008 Hays Salary Survey finds.

Transport managers received the biggest salary increases, with salaries increasing by a staggering 27 percent across the country.

Transport allocators also received strong increases of 19.4 percent, followed by distribution managers at 13.8 percent and logistics project mangers at 10 percent.

Tim James, Senior Regional Director of Hays Logistics Personnel, says the survey reaffirms the sold base upon which Australasia's business strength is built.

"Steady jobs growth is still the dominant feature of Australasia’s recruitment market and there are plenty of examples of significant salary increases that testify to its ongoing strength," he says.

About half of respondents expect permanent staffing levels to increase while only 4 percent see any decrease over the coming 12 months, according to the survey.

"The slow-down in the banking and related sectors is very contained; as yet we have seen no evidence of any negative impact across the broader job market," James says.

"In fact, the number of new jobs registered remains at record levels, the demand for specialist skills is up, and we’re doing more overseas campaigning for talent than ever before.

"The level of infrastructure investment also shows no sign of abating across Australia and New Zealand, causing further continued pressure on candidate sourcing and salaries and affirming the strength of Australia and New Zealand’s recruitment market.

"Logically, the highest salary increases over the year have occurred for roles where the need for candidates is highest."

Geographically, Sydney experienced the biggest consistent salary increases. There, typical salaries for a distribution manager increased from $110,000 to $120,000 and for a fleet manager from $65,000 to $80,000.

Logistics companies servicing the construction, heavy industrial and mining markets received higher salaries at the middle and upper management level compared to food, kindred transport and distribution providers.

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