Belfast Telegraph

Drop in average pay rise

Median pay rises have fallen back to 2.8% because of wage freezes in the public sector, but are higher in private firms.

A report by analysts Incomes Data Services said the trend for pay awards in the private sector to run at 3% at the median was continuing into the second quarter of the year. In contrast, one in five recent settlements in the public sector involved a pay freeze, up from one in 12 last month.