Belfast Telegraph

Pay awards study finds half of settlements lower than year ago

Half of pay awards are lower than a year ago, while many workers are having wages frozen, research shows.

A study of 90 settlements found median increases of 2%, but one in seven involved a pay freeze while just over half were lower than a year ago, said analysts XpertHR.

Sheila Attwood, of XpertHR, said: " The overall level of pay awards stands at 2%, but there is a fairly wide spread of awards either side of this figure.

"Private sector employees continue to fare better than their public sector counterparts - a situation that is expected to prevail for at least the remainder of the Government's period of pay restraint."

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