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Construction bonuses show decrease

Payments appear to have bounced back following the recession - except in construction, according to a report.

Billions of pounds are being paid out according to the latest statistics from Incomes Data Services, which showed that large sums paid out in finance and manufacturing helped to keep payments in the 2011 bonus season similar to that recorded in 2010 - roughly £22bn.

In construction, bonuses were £44 a week on average, compared with £67 per week for last year.

This was was different to other sectors, with overall bonuses reaching a similarly high level compared with the previous year. The highest were seen in the finance and business services sector, with payouts averaging £900 per week.

IDS said that small proportions of staff have received large bonuses, which gave a false impression of the impact on bonuses across the economy as a whole.

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