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UK Pay Growth Speeds up as Unemployment Rate Rises

The UK unemployment conditions are a headache to the modern economic market. The unemployment rate in the UK ticked up simultaneously with the total pay growth.

Apart from that, the public pay growth rose to a level which is signifying the largest amount since 2005. Focusing on the UK unemployment rate, from December 2022 to February 2023, a growth of 0.1% is seen. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a 3.8% unemployment rate in that particular quarter.

Well, this data is driven by the people who have been unemployed for more than six months.

However, the total pay is also increasing simultaneously with the growing unemployment rate in the UK. The total pay grew from an annual rate of 5.7% to 5.9% within three months to February 2023.

Well, excluding bonuses, the pay growth rose to 6.7%, which is a record growth compared to 2001 (excluding the coronavirus pandemic).

Comparing the public and private sector pay growth is necessary to provide the appropriate data. Considering the public sector pay growth from December to February, a significant 5.3% was seen. Whereas in the private sector, the pay growth strikes at 6.9%.

Notably, the public sector pay growth is the highest pay growth in the public sector since 2005 (excluding the coronavirus pandemic).

The UK inflation rate jumped to 10.4%, which is the main reason why increased pay is falling across. Eaten up by inflation, non-alcoholic drinks and food rose by 18% in February 2023, which is the latest since 1977.

According to the economist at PwC UK, Divya Sridhar, Inflation-adjusted total pay is signifying a 3% down in the three months to February. It is a sharp decline in earnings.

Moreover, the ONS economic statistics director, Darren Morgan, stated that the decreasing number of people not working nor looking for jobs also signifies the increasing number of people with active jobs or actively searching for jobs. In turn, job vacancies are again in danger.

In the meantime, pay to the employees continues to show down as the prices are getting higher compared to the growth of pay. In real terms, the gap in pay between the public and private sectors is getting narrowed.

However, strikes are becoming a more popular practice in the UK right now. So, once again, the education sector is in danger due to these disputes.

The labour market of the nation is at a turning point.

Yes! The pay rate is high this time, but people of the UK also need to cope with rising interest rates, sticky inflation, slowing growth, and increased wages in difficult business conditions for employers.

Employers are constantly trying to showcase their job opportunities in the market with proper job description to hold the nerve of the enthusiasts.

The strikes of teachers, and civil servants, among other reasons, are the prominent ones behind the failure of the UK economy during February 2023. According to the ONS, over 350 strikes were held in just February.

This is not good news for the economic market of the UK. The labour dispute is a concern to almost 348,000 working days lost in February 2023. This was a rise from 210,000 in January 2023.

However, the UK Chancellor Jeremy Hunt considered this a big issue and acknowledged the issue with rising prices and higher unemployment rates. So, their top priority is to try and halve inflation this year.

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