Real Wages show average increase of 2.7% over last year

Annual real wage growth has increased to 2.7% over the last year which is the highest increase since 2007. Annual private sector wage increases are an average of 3.3% and the Government figures show an extra 400,000 people in work compared to a year ago.

Priti Patel, the Employment Minister, said:

“Today’s figures confirm that our long-term economic plan is already starting to deliver a better, more prosperous future for the whole of the country, with wages rising, more people finding jobs and more women in work than ever before.

As the government for working people, we want to go further and create one nation that is based on security and opportunity. We will continue to help businesses create jobs and support those who want to work hard and get on as part of our ambition to achieve full employment”.