The Knives Are Out; Energy Sector Pay Beats Food, Drink & Tobacco

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21 Mar 2016

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  Despite Npower announcing that they will be making a fifth of employees in the UK redundant, workers in the energy sector received the highest average pay in the last year according to data from Croner Reward’s recently published Clerical & Operative R£wards report. In recent years, research from pay specialists Croner Reward has revealed that automotive industry clerical workers and food, drink & tobacco industry operatives have received the highest wages. However, this year’s research has gotten wind of the fact that clerical AND operative workers in the energy sector have received the highest average pay; a surging £23,941 per year for clerical and £511.05 per week for operatives. Viv Copeland, Head of Croner Reward, says: “Although it is expected that many clerical and operative salaries will increase year-upon-year, due to National Minimum Wage increases, skilled operative pay also seems to be increasing. Pay figures for skilled operative workers – such as Fitters, LGV Drivers and Electricians – have continued to rise; increasing from £402.95 to £419.47 per week over the last three years. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues.” Other findings of the report include: • The average UK Clerical Salary is £19,689, a 1.8% increase in overall median basic pay for clerical staff in the last 12 months • The highest pay increase was received by Rank 5 Senior Clerical Staff at 3.6% • The highest average pay for Clerical Staff is £22,678 in London, 15.2% above the national average, whereas the lowest pay is 10.5% below the national average in the North East at £17,613 • The average UK Operative weekly pay is £393.07, a 2.3% increase in overall median basic pay in the last 12 months • The highest average pay for Operative Staff is £451.48 per week in London, 14.9% above the national average. The lowest paid staff are those in the West Midlands taking home £375.76 per week, 4.4% less than the national average Croner Reward publishes an annual Clerical and Operatives salary survey to give organisations excellent visibility of pay for workers at these levels. To order the report, please call 01785 813566 or e-mail karen.owen@croner.co.uk.

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