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    Former MSE Lawrence
    'Did you get a pay rise or cut in 2009?' poll discussion
    • #1
    • 26th Jan 10, 9:25 AM
    'Did you get a pay rise or cut in 2009?' poll discussion 26th Jan 10 at 9:25 AM
    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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    Last edited by Former MSE Lawrence; 01-02-2010 at 10:50 AM.
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    • robin banks
    • By robin banks 26th Jan 10, 9:27 AM
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    robin banks
    • #2
    • 26th Jan 10, 9:27 AM
    • #2
    • 26th Jan 10, 9:27 AM
    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.
    "An arrogant and self-righteous Guardian reading tvv@t".

    wtf is all that about?
  • basieman
    • #3
    • 26th Jan 10, 3:09 PM
    What's a Pay Rise?!
    • #3
    • 26th Jan 10, 3:09 PM
    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!
    Last edited by basieman; 26-01-2010 at 3:20 PM. Reason: Afterthoughts, again!
    • glampam
    • By glampam 26th Jan 10, 3:33 PM
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    • #4
    • 26th Jan 10, 3:33 PM
    • #4
    • 26th Jan 10, 3:33 PM
    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!
    • Teenie D
    • By Teenie D 26th Jan 10, 3:43 PM
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    Teenie D
    • #5
    • 26th Jan 10, 3:43 PM
    • #5
    • 26th Jan 10, 3:43 PM
    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."
  • Paul_Davis
    • #6
    • 26th Jan 10, 3:44 PM
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    • 26th Jan 10, 3:44 PM
    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.
  • jillie1974
    • #7
    • 26th Jan 10, 3:48 PM
    • #7
    • 26th Jan 10, 3:48 PM
    got 1.5%....hardly noticed it in my wages, especially as gas,electric all went up loads
    'Children are not things to be moulded, but are people to be unfolded'
    • minerva_windsong
    • By minerva_windsong 26th Jan 10, 3:51 PM
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    • #8
    • 26th Jan 10, 3:51 PM
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    • 26th Jan 10, 3:51 PM
    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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    • poppy10
    • By poppy10 26th Jan 10, 4:43 PM
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    • #9
    • 26th Jan 10, 4:43 PM
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    • 26th Jan 10, 4:43 PM
    Public sector, received annual increase as normal

    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
    • By poppy10 26th Jan 10, 4:45 PM
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    I am currently unemployed and have seen a dramatic decrease, in real terms, of my JSA Allowance.
    Originally posted by basieman
    Perhaps you could use your Job-Seekers Allowance to seek a job that pays more money?
    • Gavin83
    • By Gavin83 26th Jan 10, 6:47 PM
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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.
  • archived user
    5% pay cut. Managed to negotiate down from 10%
    • Flickering Ember
    • By Flickering Ember 26th Jan 10, 8:32 PM
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    Flickering Ember
    I got made redundant on New Years Day 2010...
    Flickering Embers grow higher and higher...I need a break and I wanna be a paperback writer!
  • Stephen Leak
    Public sector, so an enemy of the state, so only got 2% when inflation was 4% so effectively a 2% pay cut.
    • Reeves
    • By Reeves 26th Jan 10, 9:52 PM
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    I know I am one of the lucky ones but I received a rise of 15% from 1st Jan this year. Our company (manufacturing) has been through a tough period over the last 12 months, not losing customers but seeing them reduce their orders overall. The shopfloor and staff have all been through short time or voluntary unpaid holidays. Temps have gone, departments trimmed back through redundancies and retiring employees not replaced.

    In my case our department reduced by 50% with two retirees not replaced so the extra work and pressure placed on me resulted in said pay rise.

    The general rise for our company was 1% after a pay freeze last year.
    • musicmonkey1
    • By musicmonkey1 27th Jan 10, 8:48 AM
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    I work for a County Council and got a 1% pay rise last year. Some might say I was lucky. However lets put this in perspective. I joined the Council in 2005 and every year since then my pay rise has been BELOW inflation. so in real terms I've had a pay cut. Whilst I know times are hard in the private sector at least there have been good times in the past. As a Local Authority worker, on the pay front there is no such thing as 'good times' for us they don't exist. So we haven't had the benefits that the private sector enjoyed in the boom years. Now we are expected to take pay cuts??! And before anyone starts on about job security and 'gold plated pensions' those things are already being undermined with changes already in place on the pension front and massive job losses expected in the next 12-18 months. (The average local authority pension actually paid is pitifully small).

    I still have a job (for now) - I have to be grateful for small mercies.
    • tiff
    • By tiff 27th Jan 10, 9:24 AM
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    End 2008 DH's pay rise was frozen, end 2009 they got 2% increase with a bonus payment of 600 (doesnt go on salary).
    A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went. - Dave Ramsey
  • triggerhappy
    I work in the private sector and got a 2% rise. Not bad given the state of the market I work in.
  • JaneAire
    I work in the third sector - what about charities and co-ops - we werent on the list!
  • dino25uk
    Pay Freeze
    Work as an engineer in R&D for a multinational company.
    This year has been the 2nd consecutive year of pay freezes, although in 2009 we were layed off for 2 weeks unpaid, which effectively was a paycut for 2009.
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