The announcement of the pay awards for prison officers and police officers in England and Wales heralded an easing of the Government's public-sector pay restraint, but most employee groups in the public safety sector received increases in line with the policy of pay awards averaging 1% in 2017.
We analyse pay deals covering local authority employees for the period 2017-2018.
XpertHR rounds up the final pay awards of 2017 and looks for signs of growth among the first 2018 deals to be concluded.
The table below summarises the latest pay settlements monitored by XpertHR.
Pay settlement levels were subdued over the past year, but is the relaxation of pay controls in the public sector likely to flow through to higher pay awards in the private sector over the next year? We look at the prospects for pay awards into 2018.
XpertHR data for the three months to the end of September shows no movement in the level of the median basic pay award.
Pay awards across the private sector are worth a median 2% in the year to the end of August 2017, but some variation exists by industry.
Low pay growth continues in the charity sector.
The chemicals sector, once renowned for awarding higher pay rises than others, is now awarding increases at the same level as other parts of the economy.
The construction industry has recorded one of the highest median pay awards of any sector over the past year.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to pay awards/rises.