Despite much being made of a predicted clampdown on spending and a cap on wages from 2011, most public sector workers still anticipate a pay rise in 2010.
According to a report, a survey of 2,500 workers showed that staff working in private firms are also expecting an increase next year following the wealth of pay freezes across the country throughout 2009.
Public sector employees forecast a two per cent rise, while workers in private firms predict a three per cent rise in 2010.
One in four private sector staff and a fifth of public sector employees do not think they will get a pay rise in 2010, the report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found.
Charles Cotton, the CIPD’s reward adviser, said: “While most private sector workers predict that they will get a pay rise next year, over one in four do not think that this will be the case, focused in hard-hit economic sectors such as construction and manufacturing. Public sector workers are clearly not sensing that the pay storm clouds are gathering. It looks like 2010 will prove to be the last hurrah of this gilded age.
“Given that just over a third of workers did not get a bonus in 2009, it’s not surprising that a lower percentage (26%) predict this will happen in 2010. This indicates that workers believe that the economy will improve in 2010 and are hopeful their employer will be able to share the success with them.”
The Government recently announced a 1 per cent cap on public sector wage rises for two years from 2011.