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Pay rises stay stuck at 2.5%

Two thirds of pay deals were worth between 2% and 3%

Median pay deals have remained at 2.5% in recent months, although no wage freezes were recorded in private firms in the quarter to July, a report has showed.

A study of 45 settlements by pay analysts Incomes Data Services showed that median awards have remained the same since the start of the year.

Two thirds of deals were worth between 2% and 3%, with workers in manufacturing firms receiving more than those in services companies, the study showed.

Ken Mulkearn, editor of IDS Pay Report, said: “Pay freezes look to have thawed across most larger employers in the private sector, and the overall picture on the level of awards is fairly stable, with manufacturing and the utilities ahead of services. Meanwhile in the public sector, basic pay remains frozen for most staff.” © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds