'Did you get a pay rise or cut in 2009?' poll discussion

edited 1 February 2010 at 12:50PM in Money Saving Polls
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edited 1 February 2010 at 12:50PM in Money Saving Polls
Poll between 26 January - 1 February 2010:

Did you get a pay rise or cut in 2009?

The Chancellor’s been quoted as saying public sector workers may face pay cuts in 2010 as many private sector works have.

Which is closest to what happened to you in 2009?

A. Private Sector Employee: Pay was cut - 8% (1332 votes)
B. Private Sector Employee: Pay freeze - 31% (5056 votes)
C. Private Sector Employee: Pay was increased - 18% (2956 votes)
D. Public Sector Employee: Pay was cut - 2% (346 votes)
E. Public Sector Employee: Pay freeze - 9% (1442 votes)
F. Public Sector Employee: Pay was increased - 12% (1990 votes)
G. Self-Employed: Earnings increased - 1% (207 votes)
H. Self-Employed: Earnings static - 2% (250 votes)
I. Self-Employed: Earnings dropped - 4% (669 votes)
J. I lost my job in 2009 - 7% (1123 votes)
K. Unemployed / student / do not work - 5% (755 votes)

Voting has now closed, but you can still click 'post reply' to discuss below. Thanks :)

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  • Housing Association - went up a spine point - £800.00 pa -ish.

    WEF from 01 April 2010. Hours will increase from 36 to 37.5 per week.

    Not uncommon in this sector atm.
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    basiemanbasieman Forumite
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    I am currently unemployed and have seen a dramatic decrease, in real terms, of my JSA Allowance. The cost of heating has hit us particularly hard in the last few weeks. A totally disenfranchised sector of society. However, I turn 60 in May and I am entitled to receive Pension Credits whereby my income promptly doubles!.. along with Free Bus Pass, Cold Weather Payment and annual Heating Allowance - Bring it on!!! I have to say, I was advised by my DWP adviser that if I WAS looking for work in May, I would be BETTER STOPPING on JSA! Yea, Right!:T
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  • glampamglampam Forumite
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    in 2009 I was given two pay cuts, followed by reduced hours. The 3rd and final pay cut took me below minimum wage so I left and got another part time job, which is enough to pay the bills!
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  • Teenie_DTeenie_D Forumite
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    I was given a 1.5% pay increase in 2009 (I work part time so although I am grateful we were giving a rise, it has not really made much diffrence to me).

    Where my husband works they were asked to accept a 10% decrease which they all did as they wanted to prevent any more redundancies (1 was paid off, another reduced hours to part time).
    "That's no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid, and that makes me sad."
  • We've had a pay freeze but our hours have been increased by 4 per week for no extra pay.
    Wife works in the public sector and has a pay freeze and hours cut. Her job will probably be privatised in December so goodness knows what will happen then.
  • got 1.5%....hardly noticed it in my wages, especially as gas,electric all went up loads
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  • I put Public sector - pay increased, but that is because I went from being a student to getting my first proper job, so I don't think it counts.
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    Lose = the opposite of find/gain (eg "I'm going to lose weight this year")
  • poppy10_2poppy10_2 Forumite
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    Public sector, received annual increase as normal :dance:

    Remember though we had pay deals below real inflation for many years while the private sector was surging. Many public sector workers got tied into 3-year pay deals at 2.1% p.a. - government thought they had pulled a fast one when inflation shot up to over 3%, so they can't really complain when inflation falls.
    poppy10
  • poppy10_2poppy10_2 Forumite
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    basieman wrote: »
    I am currently unemployed and have seen a dramatic decrease, in real terms, of my JSA Allowance.
    Perhaps you could use your Job-Seekers Allowance to seek a job that pays more money?
    poppy10
  • Gavin83Gavin83 Forumite
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    I work in the public sector and received a small increase, I think it was 1%. However, in previous years we've only received 2.2% when friends of mine working in the private sector were gaining 6%+ increases, so I think it evens out.

    I can see the private sector improving this year while the public sector falls, so I may well move across.
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