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The shift to logistics also highlights the high demand for workers in this sector.
Truck drivers are leading the queue for pay rises as transport companies compete for staff. While Luton Airport offered hospitality staff a 4.3 per cent pay rise this week, it gave drivers with HGV licenses a 20 per cent raise.
Unite the Union argues this is the result of four days of strike action after workers were told wages would be frozen. Bus drivers in South Yorkshire and binmen in Coventry are also pushing for similar hikes. Factory workers are also benefiting, Unite says, citing a 27% increase over two years for Imperial Logistics drivers on Mini contracts.
“Areas where staff shortages are most pronounced have higher turnover – hospitality, logistics, IT are leading sectors in this respect,” says Neil Carberry, head of the Confederation of Recruitment and employment.
But at the other end of the spectrum, the ONS found that wages for workers in care, leisure and other services rose just 2.4% in the year to September, according to the ONS. This was well below inflation which then stood at 3.1 pc and has since accelerated to 5.4 pc.
Their best hope may lie in the national minimum wage which rises 6.6% in April from £8.91 an hour to £9.50.
Moving jobs is another preferred way to get a pay rise or better conditions. The ONS found nearly a million people had changed jobs in the three months to September.
As the cost of living rises, nearly a third of workers, or 9 million, plan to seek new employment in the first six months of 2022, recruiter Robert Half has found.