It has been revealed that some 16 million UK workers – more than half of the country’s workforce – will not receive a pay rise this year, which could have a negative impact on motivation levels.
According to the BBC, a further nine millions Britons will receive an increase in their pay, but this will come below the level of inflation.
The new survey from YouGov revealed teachers, nurses and civil servants are to expect the lowest salary increase – leading to a third of respondents claiming they predict they will be worse off this year than in 2009.
Debt may also become a problem, as the survey found five million Britons are currently spending more than they earn.
Ann Robinson of uSwitch – the form which commissioned the survey – said: “When coupled with lower than anticipated salary increases, it can only mean that we are in for a bumpy ride and the situation could get worse before it gets better.”
The news comes shortly after it was revealed by law firm Peninsula that in the past year, the number of Britons holding down a second job has increased from 26 per cent to 38 per cent.