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More than half of the UK’s workforce – 16 million workers – do not expect a pay rise in 2010, a survey has found.
Research carried out by YouGov also found that a further nine million workers expect a pay rise, but think it will be below the level of inflation.
Of those expecting a pay rise, civil servants, teachers and nurses expect the smallest increase.
And according to the findings, one-third of UK consumers think they will be worse off in 2010 than in 2009, the BBC reports.
Ann Robinson, of utilities comparison company uSwitch which commissioned the survey, said: “The government is toying with measures such as raising taxes to reduce the public deficit, which will have a direct impact on personal finances.
“When coupled with lower than anticipated salary increases, it can only mean we are in for a bumpy ride.”