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One in three firms freeze wages

One in three companies froze wages this year with workers in the construction industry amongst the hardest hit by a failure to increase pay, a study has shown.

But the research by pay analysts IDS found that the majority of companies that failed to increase wages this year would reintroduce pay rises in 2010.

“In many cases pay freezes have been justified through commitments to safeguard jobs. Firms are conscious of the need to retain a skilled workforce for when the market eventually picks up and are trying to avoid unnecessary cuts,” said the report.

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  • That is very interesting.
    If you believed what you read in the papers you would assume a much higher figure than that.
    It would be interesting to know as part of this article what the average actual pay rise was.

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