Monday, 26 March 2012

Workers in some cities outside London and the South East could suffer wage cuts of up to 17%

Workers in some cities outside London and the South East could suffer wage cuts of up to 17% under the Government's plans to introduce regional pay rates in the public sector, according to a new study.
Research by jobs website found that the West Country, the Midlands and the North of England will be hardest hit, especially cities such as Leeds, Liverpool, Belfast and Cardiff.
Tens of thousands of staff in government departments such as the Department for Work and Pensions, the Home Office and the Department for Transport could see their pay cut by up to GBP5,000 if regional wage rates are brought in, said the report.
Allowances paid to some public sector workers in inner London could also be cut, to come into line with lower private sector payments, according to the research.
Doug Monro, of Adzuna, said: "Workers will always be paid a premium where demand outstrips supply, but the changes could well affect the prosperity of the regions and lead to even more migration into an overcrowded London."

Dave Prentis, general secretary of the Unison union, said: "This is more evidence of the excruciating impact of local pay on some of the most economically depressed areas of the country.
"The Government should think again before introducing crude cuts that will starve local businesses of much-needed income, and add to the number of boarded-up shops in the high street.
"Public service workers are already suffering from a pay freeze despite the rising cost of basic necessities such as food and fuel. Local pay is expensive to implement and makes no economic sense."
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "It won't just be public sector workers outside of London and the South East that lose out if the Government's ill-thought out proposals for local pay go ahead.
"Local economies, already reeling from the impact of thousands of public sector job losses and a lack of consumer spending because of the government-imposed public sector pay freeze, would be dealt a further blow if public servants' pay is held back.
"Setting pay nationally makes sense for the public sector and many large private firms opt for this approach too. They know that negotiating local pay can be incredibly complicated, time-consuming and expensive.
"It's not public sector pay rates that are stopping private companies from taking on staff. The real reason is that with our economy stagnating most businesses don't feel confident enough to invest and take on staff and won't do so until the UK's wider economic prospects improve."

No comments:

Post a Comment