More money expected in warehouse labor’s holiday stockings, staffing firm survey finds
By DCVelocity Staff | August 22, 2018
As might be expected in an environment of strong economic demand and low employment, Santa will be more generous to warehouse labor this holiday season than in years past.
Warehouse operators are prepared to offer as much as $2 an hour over prevailing average wages to attract and retain workers during the peak holiday season, according to an annual survey of nearly 16,000 hourly workers conducted by Atlanta-based Employ Bridge, whose units, which include ProLogistix, ResourceMFG, and Select, staff and manage hourly warehouse labor to companies nationwide.
The $2-an-hour peak-season premium would be above the prevailing hourly rates for labor, according to Brian Devine, senior vice president at Employbridge and creator of the survey, now in its eleventh year. The average current wage is at $13.30 an hour, up from $12.54 an hour at this time in 2017, according to Devine. The average wage runs the gamut from an entry-level worker to a skilled lifttruck operator, he said.
Devine cautioned that the $2 an hour premium is at the high-end of the premium-pay scale, noting that companies that either don’t have a holiday peak, or any peak at all for that matter, may pay nothing. Last year’s peak season premium averaged $1.02 an hour, Devine said.
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