Belfast Telegraph

Only 25% of workers receive pay rise in 2011

By Alan Jones

Only one in four UK workers have had a pay rise this year, with most seeing their wages frozen, research has revealed.

A study of more than 2,000 employees also found that one in 20 had suffered a pay cut in the past six months, with workers in the public sector being hit hardest.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said its survey showed that almost four out of five public sector workers had not received a pay rise this year, compared with half of employees in private firms.

Workers who have received a pay rise have seen wages rise by an average of 3%.

The north west of England was named as the "pay-freeze capital" of the UK, with three-quarters of workers reporting that their salary had not increased since the start of the year, followed by the West Midlands (66%).

Workers in Scotland are most likely to have received a pay rise.