Earnings growth strengthens but not in manufacturing or the public sector

 Average weekly earnings across the whole economy grew by 2.9% in the year to July, as shown by the figures released by the ONS today. This year has seen higher earnings growth than in the previous five years, but the picture is varied. Overall, there is strong earnings growth in the private sector, running at 3.4% in July, compared with 2.2% in January.* However earning growth remains weak in the public sector, running at just 1.1% in July, down on 1.3% in January. Continue reading Earnings growth strengthens but not in manufacturing or the public sector

The ‘National Living Wage’

The big remuneration story is the Government’s new ‘National Living Wage’, due to come in from next April. It will apply to workers aged 25 or over and will initially be set at £7.20 an hour. This is 50p more than the level that the existing National Minimum Wage for employees aged 21 and over will have reached at that point, having been increased by 3% from 1 October 2015. However, this premium could reduce after just six months of the NLW’s existence, if the NMW rises further from 1 October 2016, as it was set to do, before the announcement of the NLW on 8 July. Continue reading The ‘National Living Wage’