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19 May 1999

Pay deals follow downward trend in prices
Following yesterday's fall in the rate of inflation to 1.6%, trade union negotiators' magazine Bargaining Report (BR) finds a fall in the level of pay settlements to 3.0% in the three months to April from 3.3% in March. This is the lowest three-monthly pay figure reported by BR since June 1997.

Pay settlements in the private sector in the three months upto and including April were ranged around a mid-point of 3%, a full 1% down from the level recorded at the start of the pay round last August. The figures below show a slow but steady decline over the last six or seven months, matching the pattern of inflation.

Below are the latest details on pay settlements contained in Bargaining Report 194, May 1999. These are based on the Labour Research Department's PayLine database of nearly 1,800 agreements covering over nine million people.

Percentage increases on lowest basic rates (by agreements covered)
For the three months up to and including April
All agreements 3.0
Private sector 3.0
Public sector 3.5
Manual 3.0
Non-manual 3.0
All industries 3.3
All services 3.1

Note to table: The figures show median (midpoint) pay settlements among all the agreements monitored through the LRD pay and conditions database. Separate figures showing the weighted median, (by number of workers covered) appear in the 12-monthly table.

Notes to editors

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