Issue date
13 Sep 2017
Today’s (Wednesday) labour market figures from the Office for National Statistics, show real wages falling for the fifth consecutive month.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“The squeeze on living standards is not letting up. This is the fifth month in a row that pay has failed to keep up with inflation.

“Ministers need to stop twiddling their thumbs and get wages rising across the economy. Just one in nine UK workers had a real-terms pay rise last year.

“Yesterday’s derisory offer to prison and police officers must not be a sign of things to come. The government needs to offer nurses, firefighters and all public servants increases that at least match the cost of living.”

Editors note

- GQR Research conducted an online poll for the TUC of 3,287 respondents in work in Great Britain, during 11-22 August 2017. The results were weighted to the national profile of working people, by age, gender, ethnicity, region and job characteristics: full/part time contract, public/private sector and industry.
- The polling found that just one in nine UK workers had a real-terms pay rise this year.