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Northern Ireland public sector workers to get 1% pay rise

Northern Ireland public sector workers' hopes of a significant pay rise have been dashed yet again.

Department of Finance Permanent Secretary Hugh Widdis has confimed that the contentious 1% pay cap will remain in place next year.

 “The Department has been carefully considering the issue of public sector pay policy," said Mr Widdis.

"In keeping with the overarching Treasury policy on UK public sector pay this year, will limit pay increases to 1%.

Setting pay policy would normally be the responsibility of the Finance Minister.

He said he was "very much aware of the pressures on hard working public sector staff" and the potential impact on recruitment, retention and morale.

Department of Health Permanent Secretary Richard Pengelly welcomed the announcement saying: “Our workers are our most valuable asset and they deserve to receive the hard-earned pay which is owed to them. I fully understand the frustrations and uncertainty about pay caused by the absence, until today, of a pay policy.”

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