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Settlements in brief: median held steady at 2% for duration of 2016

Our latest analysis of pay settlements shows that the median has remained steady for 12 consecutive months at 2% in the three months to December 2016. The private services median remains at 2% for the second consecutive month, having fallen from 2.6% in the three months to October. Continue reading Settlements in brief: median held steady at 2% for duration of 2016

Settlements in brief: median remains at 2% as we head into 2017

Our latest analysis of pay settlements shows that the median has remained steady for 11 consecutive months at 2% in the three months to November 2016. The private services median has fallen back to 2% in our latest analysis, down from 2.6% in the three months to October.  Continue reading Settlements in brief: median remains at 2% as we head into 2017

Settlements in brief: private sector median at 2.6%

Our latest analysis of pay settlements shows that the median held steady at 2% in the three months to October 2016. The median has remained constant at 2% for 10 consecutive rolling periods, since the three months to January 2016. However, this figure is not necessarily representative of awards across all the different sectors of the economy. Continue reading Settlements in brief: private sector median at 2.6%

Settlements in brief July 2016: Median holds steady at 2%

Our latest analysis of pay settlements, for the three months to the end of June 2016, shows the median holding steady at 2%. The interquartile range – where half of all awards sit – has narrowed slightly to between 1% and 2.6% in the latest period, driven by a greater clustering of outcomes in the not-for-profit sector.  Continue reading Settlements in brief July 2016: Median holds steady at 2%

Statutory minimum rates

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) are set annually by the Government based on recommendations from the Low Pay Commission. The table below sets out current and historical rates. The NLW, which was introduced in April 2016, applies to all staff aged 25 and over, while younger (non-apprentice) staff of at least school-leaving age are covered by the appropriate NMW rate for their age group. The apprentice rate applies to apprentices who are under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship. Apprentices who are 19 or over, or have completed their first year, are entitled to the appropriate minimum wage rate for their age. Continue reading this free article

In focus: Payments for making unsocial hours

Pay for working unsocial hours is in the news, as a key issue in the junior doctors’ dispute with the Government, and as one of the terms some lower-paying employers are reducing to offset the new ‘National Living Wage’ for employees aged 25 and over. These examples create the impression that the pressures on unsocial hours pay are mostly downward. However, this is not universally the case, with premiums being maintained in other important sectors like call centres and engineering. Continue reading In focus: Payments for making unsocial hours

Lawyers enjoy higher pay rises

A recent survey of pay for in-house lawyers by IDR found that median salary increases ranged from 2.35% for qualified solicitors to 2.75% for deputy general counsels. We found higher pay increases in the private sector than across the public and not-for-profit sectors. Recruitment and retention issues appear to be muted. Few employers reported difficulties recruiting lawyers, with any such problems typically occurring at more junior levels. Meanwhile just a fifth of employers are experiencing problems retaining lawyers (generally at senior legal adviser level and below). Our analysis shows significant variations in salary levels by sector, as well as variations by region, company size, company turnover and PQE. Continue reading Lawyers enjoy higher pay rises