Pay awards stuck at 2 percent

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Pay awards continue to remain stable at 2%, according to the latest data from the pay specialists at XpertHR.

Findings for the three months to the end of October 2013 reveal that the median pay award is at 2% for the seventh consecutive rolling quarter.

With only a handful of organisations concluding pay awards in the final months of the year, all eyes will turn to the January pay round – which is particularly important for manufacturing-and-production companies – when around one-third of pay settlements in the sector take effect.

XpertHR pay and benefits editor Sheila Attwood said: “Pay awards will end another year on a low note, with 2% expected to be the benchmark award in the final months of the year.

“The prospects for the new year are not much better, with private-sector employers only predicting rises in the region of 2.5% through 2014, while retail prices index inflation is expected to sit at just about 3%. Another year of low and below inflation pay awards is a distinct prospect for UK employees.”

Over 12 months, pay awards of 2.5% in the manufacturing-and-production industry have been higher than those, at 2%, in the services industry, but over the coming year employers in both sectors are predicting pay awards in the region of 2.5%.

Key findings for pay awards in the three months to the end of October 2013 include that:

  • the median pay award stood at 2%;
  • the middle half of deals fell between 1% and 2.3%;
  • more than one pay award in every 10 (13%) was a pay freeze;
  • the most common pay award was 1% – which reflects the relatively high number of public-sector awards at this level in the sample.

Read more on XpertHR’s latest pay research.

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