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Low pay rises forecast for 2021
Embargoed until: Thursday 22 October 2020
Wage growth is expected to remain depressed in the year ahead, according to the latest research from pay analysts XpertHR.

Pay freeze sets in
Thursday 24 September 2020
The summer of 2020 has seen pay awards plummet to their lowest level since 2009, according to XpertHR's latest provisional analysis.

Private-sector pay awards take a dive
Thursday 20 August 2020
The headline pay award has fallen to 0.5% in the three months to 31 July 2020, down from the 2.2% seen in each of the three previous rolling quarters, according to provisional analysis from pay analysts XpertHR.

Private-sector pay awards stumble as wage freezes multiply
Tuesday 21 June 2020
The median basic increase across the three-month period to 30 June 2020 stands at 2.2%, according to the latest findings from pay analysts XpertHR.

Subdued pay awards reveal impact of pandemic
Thursday 25 June 2020
As the UK starts to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, our headline pay award remains subdued as the impact on the economy hits organisations’ ability to reward their employees.

Pay freeze for one in 10 private-sector pay groups
Thursday 21 May 2020
Pay awards in the private sector have dropped to the lowest level recorded for more than a year, according to the latest findings from pay analysts XpertHR.

Buoyant pay picture for 2020 hits a coronavircus wall
Thursday 23 April 2020
Pay awards have hit a brick wall after the coronavirus pandemic lockdown brought three months of increasingly buoyant settlement data to a sudden halt.

Low pay rises predicted for the year ahead
Thursday 19 March 2020
At the beginning of 2020 pay rises fell to their lowest level in more than a year, and now employers tell us that they expect settlements to remain subdued through the months ahead, finds the latest research from pay analysts XpertHR.

Pay rises slow to 14 month low
Thursday 20 February 2020
Pay rises have fallen to their lowest level in more than a year, according to the latest research from pay analysts XpertHR.

Pay awards show slow start to 2020
Thursday 23 January 2020
At the end of 2019 the headline measure of pay awards was 2.2%, according to the latest research from pay analysts XpertHR.

Pay awards end year on a high
Thursday 19 December 2019
Pay awards have edged higher as the year comes to a close, according to the final review of 2019 from pay analysts XpertHR.

Pay awards running at 2.8%
Thursday 21 November 2019
Pay award levels picked up a little over the autumn months, according to the latest research from pay analysts XpertHR.

Employers predict lower pay rises in 2020
Thursday 24 October 2019
Wage growth is expected to slow in the year ahead, according to the latest research from pay analysts XpertHR.

Pay awards stable as employers wait and see
Thursday 26 September 2019
The median pay award is unchanged at 2.5% in the three months to the end of August 2019, according to the latest data from pay analysts XpertHR.

Pay awards edge up to ten-year high
Thursday 22 August 2019
The whole-economy pay award in the three months to the end of July 2019 was worth 2.6%, according to the latest data from pay analysts at XpertHR.

Summer stability in pay awards
Thursday 25 July 2019
Pay awards in the three months to the end of June 2019 are worth a median 2.5%, according to data from pay analysts XpertHR.

No sunny outlook for pay awards
Thursday 20 June 2019
Employers awarded a median 2.5% annual pay rise to staff in the three months to the end of May 2019, according to data from pay analysts XpertHR.

Pay awards settle at 2.5%
Thursday 23 May 2019
Pay awards in the three months to the end of April 2019 are worth a median 2.5%, according to data from pay analysts XpertHR.

Pay awards settle above inflation
Thursday 25 April 2019
Pay awards have crept above inflation as price rises slow, the latest data from pay analysts XpertHR reveals.

Gender pay gap - a wasted first year means no change in this year’s figures
Friday 5 April 2019
Britain’s gender pay gap has remained almost unchanged in the first year after employers were forced to reveal differences in pay between men and women, with many organisations having wasted 12 months in which they could have been closing the gap.

2019 pay awards forecast at 2.5%
Thursday 21 March 2019
Employers are predicting that pay awards in 2019 will be at the same level as in 2018, according to data from pay analysts XpertHR.

Pay awards rebound in the new year
Thursday 21 February 2019
The median basic pay award in the three months to the end of January 2019 is 2.8%, according to the latest research from pay analysts XpertHR.

Bonus boost for more than half of all managers
Tuesday 12 February 2019
More than half (55.2%) of all employees in managerial and professional roles took home a bonus last year, research from XpertHR reveals.

Pay awards heading for highest level in a decade
Thursday 24 January 2019
The headline measure of pay awards at the end of 2018 was just 2%, according to the latest research from pay analysts XpertHR. But there are indications that they may rise further in the coming months.

XpertHR survey reveals almost a third of employers are reopening workplaces after lockdown but challenges ahead for employers
Friday 22 May 2020
Three out of ten employers are now actively reopening their workplaces for employees who cannot work remotely, according to a survey today from employment specialists XpertHR.

HR under intense pressure as coronavirus response moves from crisis to “business as unusual”
Friday 17 April 2020
HR professionals are now moving beyond the immediate crisis stage in dealing with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic as home-working, furloughing and heightened workplace health and safety measures bed in, research by employment specialists XpertHR reveals.

HR rises to the challenge as Coronavirus changes hit every UK employer
Friday 3 April 2020
While millions of employees have been forced to stay away from work over the past two weeks, HR professionals have faced an unprecedented deluge of demands on their time, knowledge and expertise, according to a survey of 400 UK employers from employment experts XpertHR.

Research show increasingly confident HR teams frustrated by admin work and poor quality data
Tuesday 25 February 2020
HR departments continue to grow and to spend more money on what they do – but are being frustrated by an organisational emphasis on administration rather than strategy, new XpertHR research reveals.

Employees stay silent over mental ill health
Thursday 1 August 2019
People remain reluctant to admit to mental ill health even when it forces them to take time off work, a study by employment experts XpertHR reveals.

Employee sickness absence rates stabilise
Thursday 20 June 2019
A median 2.5% of working time was lost to sickness in 2018, equivalent to 5.6 days per employee across the UK, according to the latest data from XpertHR.

Employee wellbeing high on HR agenda
Thursday 7 February 2019
A desire to provide support to all staff, encourage employee engagement and reduce absence has put employee wellbeing high on the agenda for HR in 2019, XpertHR research finds.

Paid bereavement leave near universal, survey finds
19 February 2018
Almost all employers offer their staff paid time off during a time of bereavement, according to a survey from XpertHR.