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17 February 1999

Dip in private sector pay rises
The mid-point for private sector pay settlements was 3.3% in the three months to January down from 3.5% in December according to the latest figures published in the trade union negotiators' magazine Bargaining Report. This is the lowest three-monthly private sector pay figure for over a year.

The median pay rise across the whole economy was 3.5% for the same period, buoyed up by the public sector where the effect of staged pay increases implemented in December is still being reflected.

The latest details on pay settlements are set out in Bargaining Report 191, February 1999. These are based on the Labour Research Department's database of nearly 1,800 agreements covering over nine million people.

The percentage increases for the three-month period to January were 3.5% for all agreements, 3.3% for the private sector, 3.8% for the public sector, 3.3% for manual agreements, 3.8% for non-manual agreements, 3.3% for all industries and 3.8% for all services.

Notes to editors

Bargaining Report is the negotiators' magazine published by the Labour Research Department (LRD). Single copies cost ?3.20 to LRD affiliates, ?3.95 to other union/voluntary organisations and ?16.00 to businesses. Subscription rates start at ?23.95 - for details telephone 0171 928 3649.
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