IDR monitoring of pay reviews in local government shows that while the median at opted-out councils is in line with the National Joint Council pay award, merit-based rises appear to be gaining popularity among employers outside the national deal.
Incomes Data Research has monitored 667 pay reviews for 2017, covering over 6,900,000 employees. The median increase for the whole economy remained the same at 2% from the previous year. The private sector however has risen from 2% to 2.2% in 2017. This has been especially noticeable at the lower quartile which showed an increase of 0.5%, whereas the upper quartile fell slightly from 2.78% to 2.75%. Across the whole economy, the lower quartile increased by 0.5% and the upper quartile rose by 0.1%, suggesting modest upwards pressure on pay, which may be due to higher inflation rates across 2017.