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Increases in pay 'averaging 3%'
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Half of the pay settlements were the same as a year ago
Pay increases have averaged 3% over recent months with only one in four people getting bigger pay rises than a year ago, research suggests.

A report by the Industrial Relations Services analysed 181 pay settlements in the public and private sector in the three months to May.

Half of the deals were worth less than a year ago, while a third were the same, the research found.

A spokeswoman said the median basic pay increase was level with inflation.

"As we head into the quieter end of the bargaining calendar, the median basic pay increase is now at the same level as headline inflation, giving employees an increase in pay equivalent to the increase in prices only," she said.

"However, over the coming months, we expect the strength of headline inflation to keep pay awards at their current 3% benchmark."

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