July 22, 2019 / 10:55 AM / 4 months ago

UK gives above-inflation pay rises to nearly 1 million public workers

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at Chatham House in London, Britain July 17, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Pool/Files

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s finance ministry said on Monday it had signed off on six pay deals covering nearly 1 million public sector employees, who will receive raises exceeding the 2% rate of inflation.

After a pay squeeze that cut the value of public sector wages in real terms, the government scrapped its across-the-board 1% salary cap in 2017.

The latest pay deals mean teachers, consultant doctors and dentists, police officers, military personnel and prison officers will receive pay increases in excess of 2%.

“In 2017 we ended the public sector pay cap and I’m pleased that we can build on this today by giving almost a million of our dedicated public servants an above-inflation salary increase,” Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement.

The latest increase will only partially reverse the deep real-terms cuts in public sector pay over the last decade.

Official data show average public sector pay in inflation-adjusted terms remains around 4.5% below its peak in 2009.

Reporting by Andy Bruce; Editing by William Schomberg

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