More UK employers freeze pay in COVID fallout, XpertHR says

More British employers are freezing staff pay or postponing annual wage settlements as they deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus lockdown, a survey showed on Tuesday.
Human resources data provider XpertHR said 16% of pay deals in the three months to the end of June offered no increase in wages - up from 15% in the three months to May and around double the proportion in the three months to April.
“Many organizations are deferring a decision on their April pay award until later in the year, but indications are that many of these will come back and implement a pay freeze,” XpertHR pay and benefits editor Sheila Attwood said.
In the three months to the end of June, XpertHR recorded a 2.2% median basic pay award across the economy, unchanged from the previous period, based on a sample of 256 basic pay awards.
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