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Discussion:  Wage Increase Imminent?
Number of messages: 9

West Midlands, United Kingdom
Hi Chaps.

With the increaseing technology involved in forklifts and future automated forklifts (which are already filtering through) around the corner, is a huge wage increase imminent? I'm thinking more in line with factory maintenance fitters/maintenance engineers/maintenance electricians which is around a 36k basic plus bonuses and O/T.

I personally think the basic salary is very poor when you consider similar job's like HGV's and Plant attract a 28-32k basic.  Hopefully things are about to change!

Modified 24 Dec 2016 10:31 PM
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dumfriesshire, United Kingdom

i like your thinking !!!! fingers crossed

Posted 24 Dec 2016 08:05 PM Reply  Report this message
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
One of the big differences is maintenance engineers normaly work on siemens plc kit HNC required and having worked on both MHE and Siemens kit believe me Even with the inroads of electronics etc they're still easier to work on. And yes your average field service engineer is under paid that's why I'm now working for an end user

Posted 31 Dec 2016 07:15 AM Reply  Report this message
West Yorks, United Kingdom
I agree to a point, the wages in the forklift game have stagnated, i was quite surprised when i looked at what companies were offering, even for forklift management jobs, there seems to be an image problem where the forklift world is seen as a bit player and experience and knowledge are classed on a different level.
Hence why i'm going back into commercial / industrial maintenance sector, as the wages are around £10k more, the only hope to make money in the forklift game, is to stick with the main dealers and progress through the ranks (if you so wish) into service management or sales etc.

Posted 4 Jan 2017 09:47 AM Reply  Report this message
le, United Kingdom
Do any firms offer bonuses and commission schemes these days?

Posted 14 Feb 2017 05:39 AM Reply  Report this message
Ontario, Canada

This is not Europe but as an Independent we offer wages from $20 to $35 per hr plus $500 bonus per quarter year, flexible hours but no benefits.
We posted an opening for over 4 months and only one reply and it wasn't to promising. At this point we are not sure what direction to go in, might have to reassess the whole situation

We`re here for a good time

Posted 14 Feb 2017 09:12 AM Reply  Report this message
North Carolina, United States

Wages are neg. in the US. Most Americans do not want to be technicians anymore, and most companies are desperate for help. You can pretty much neg. your own salary within reason, 30 to 35 an hour is not unheard of......

Posted 15 Mar 2017 00:00 AM Reply  Report this message
United Arab Emirates
Does this include the state of Iowa ??

Posted 17 Mar 2017 05:21 AM Reply  Report this message
California, United States
I know a technician who just went from $27hr up to $33hr just changing forklift companies. Its the same job just wearing a different shirt. Having been a long time sales rep I can see being a technician as the way of the future in the forklift industry. With so many people retiring or about to and no one to back fill those position companies are going to start to offer big money to try and get good long term employees. It will be good for the technicians since it a nich job that needs to be done.

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