Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 338

UK employees to receive among the lowest salary increases in Europe next year

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 novembre 2017

londonLondon. UK professionals expected to receive just 0.2% real-terms salary increase in 2018, up to fifteen times less than European peers Higher inflation to wipe out majority of pay increases In Europe, only employees in Hungary, Portugal and Ukraine are likely to be worse off than those in the UK
Real salary increases in Asia-Pacific to continue to lead the world in 2018, filling eight of the top ten positions in the global rankings According to the latest Salary Trends Report by ECA International (ECA), UK employees in the private sector are expected to see a real salary increase of just 0.2 percent in 2018, the equivalent of approximately £4.41 a month (£53 pa) for the average worker¹ before tax. This keeps the UK at the bottom of the salary increase table in Europe, ranking 23rd out of 26 countries surveyed in the region. The real salary increase is calculated based on the difference between the forecast nominal salary increase (2.8 percent in the UK) and inflation² (2.6 percent). The latest survey also reveals that employees in the UK received a disappointing 0.1 percent real salary increase this year, lower than forecast in 2016 (0.3 percent), due to a jump in inflation caused by sterling’s fall in value.
Real salary growth for UK workers is forecast to remain behind most of their European peers. Only employees in Hungary, Poland and Ukraine are anticipated to have lower real salary increases than those in the UK.Although there are early signs of growth in some major European economies, expected real salary increases still lag behind those of a few years ago. Real wage growth in Germany and France is expected to be less than half the rate of 2015 at 1.2 percent and 0.9 percent respectively.Despite the lacklustre predictions for 2018, the average rise across the continent is expected to be 1 percent, and for the first time in five years no European nation is expected to experience a salary decrease. Real-terms pay freezes are pushing Ukraine and Portugal to the bottom of the regional rankings.
Russia is forecast to move to the top of the European rankings in 2018. As its economy stabilises and inflation falls, employees in Russia are set to receive a 3.1 percent real salary increase next year.
After seeing the highest real salary increases in Europe in 2017, inflation is expected to move higher in Romania. This will cause the country to see real pay rises of just 0.7 percent next year, compared to 3.4 percent in 2017, and fall 46 places in the global rankings. Ireland and Hungary face a similar situation, falling 18 and 21 places respectively.
Asia-Pacific countries continue to outperform the rest of the world, occupying eight of the top ten spots in the global rankings with above-inflation salary increases across the board. Despite slower economic growth, China is forecast to rank seventh in the world next year and will maintain its ever-present record in the top ten of ECA’s ranking of global real salary increases. Top spot in the region is taken by India, with a 4.9 percent real salary increase predicted.
India is only beaten to the global top spot by Argentina, which is forecast to receive an impressive 7.2 percent real salary increase in 2018.
In the Americas, average real salary increases are predicted to be 1.6 percent, slightly higher than in 2017 (1.4 percent). Employees in Mexico in particular look set to benefit from lower inflation in 2018 to record a real-terms increase of 0.8 percent compared to a 1.3 percent pay cut in 2017. Uplifts for the USA and Canada are set to remain steady, at 0.9 and 1.1 percent respectively.
Despite both expecting to see 10 percent nominal salary increases next year, Egypt and Nigeria find themselves at the bottom of the global rankings thanks to high inflation, which will likely far outweigh pay rises and cause real decreases of 11.2 and 4.8 percent respectively. Lower inflation in Ghana will help the country to leap 51 places globally and top the regional rankings for Africa and Middle East, where with employees are predicted to enjoy a 4.7 percent real pay hike.The imminent introduction of VAT in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council has raised inflation forecasts. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are particularly affected with both anticipated to experience real salary decreases as a result, dropping from among the highest ranked nations in the region in 2017 to the lowest in 2018.

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