Ireland -Pay freeze continues in small businesses -August 22, 2011

Employees in the majority of small businesses continue to face a pay freeze with the trend set to continue in 2012, according to a survey by the employers’ association, the Small Firms Association (SFA). The study found that wage increases were only being given to reward productivity and innovation. The survey of 592 companies found 76% have frozen basic pay rates this year, with 69% planning to continue the trend next year. 13% have implemented a basic pay increase of 2.5% on average, with 22% expecting to increase basic pay in 2012 by 3% on average if their firms continue to grow.



This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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