July 1 2003 -
Public sector pay awards push up settlement levels
The median level of pay settlements for the second quarter of the year is running at 3.2
per cent, up from the previous estimate of three per cent and up also on the three per cent
median in the first quarter. A prime factor behind the rise in the second-quarter median is
public sector pay deals giving rises at or above 3.2 per cent.
These are among the key points from the latest pay settlement analysis, published today in
IDS Report. The results, based on more than 430 pay reviews so far in 2003 covering some
five million employees, show:
* in the private sector the pattern of pay rises is very varied, with relatively high
increases in sectors such as construction but pay freezes in some manufacturing and hotel
groups, reflecting difficult trading conditions. Overall, the median level of pay award
in the second quarter in the private sector is three per cent
by contrast the public sector median pay rise for the second quarter is 3.35 per cent,
pulled up particularly by awards in some local authorities
the key range for pay reviews overall, in which half of all pay rises monitored are
concentrated, is 2.6 to 3.5 per cent in the second quarter.
Ordering IDS Report
The full text of the pay settlement analysis together with a breakdown of settlement
levels by month and a list of recent settlements in named companies is published in
IDS Report 884. A copy is available as part of a three-month trial subscription for £45 from
Incomes Data Services.