Chancellor's Policies Bite Hard on Salaries

September 1989
Management Services;Sep89, Vol. 33 Issue 9, p49
Office staff salaries in Great Britain have increased by an average of only 9.9 percent in 1989 compared to 13.5 percent in 1988 despite the decreasing numbers of school leavers and graduates, falling unemployment levels and record numbers of vacancies. With inflation at 8.0 percent, this year's lower movement represents a significant downward swing in office salary increases. Overall, central London, England salary increases are 28 percent above the rest of Great Britain. Salaries in central Glasgow are the highest in Great Britain behind London. Other regions faring well in the pay league are the South West and East Anglia. The salaries of senior secretaries and word processing staff have increased more than those for all other office staff. The salaries have risen by 11.2 percent compared to 10.1 percent for all other staff at the same grades. These are some of the latest findings of the Institute of Administrative Management's annual Office Salaries Analysis which is a study of salaries and working conditions in British offices. The 1989 survey details salaries being paid at 1 April to a sample of 30,422 office staff in 227 organisations.


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