Pay growth down in private and public sectors

Total pay, including bonuses, was down 0.2% on the three months to October 2011, with both the private and public sectors showing lower pay growth, according to figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The Labour market statistics: January 2012 found that regular pay, excluding bonuses, rose by 1.9% on a year earlier, up 0.1% on the three months to October 2011.

The annual growth rate for the private sector fell from 2.1% to 2%, and the public sector growth rate fell from 2.1% to 1.9%, the lowest figure since comparable records began in 2001.

In November 2011, average weekly pay for the private sector (£462 per week) was lower than the public sector (£477 per week).

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