Pay deals are up again for engineering

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Manufacturing pay is continuing to rise as pay bargaining returns to normal levels, says the manufacturers’ organisation, the EEF.

Average pay settlements for the three months to the end of May increased to 2.6 per cent, up from 2.5 per cent for the three months to the end of April.

EEF regionional director Andy Tuscher said: “Despite the continued upward curve of pay settlements, we are only continuing a return to levels we would expect to see in relatively normal economic conditions.

“Whilst some companies are under pressure to give higher settlements, it is clear that the vast majority are under equal competitive pressure to maintain tight control of their internal costs.”

The average pay settlement is now three times what it was in March 2009 and is slowly but steadily climbing towards the three per cent mark, meanwhile, almost a third of manufacturing companies recruited new employees in the first quarter of 2011 and the proportion recruiting is expected to continue rising.

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