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Jump in UK wages fails to keep pace with cost of living

By Phillip Inman

12 Apr 2022 · 3 min read

Britain’s cost of living crisis moved into its fourth month in February despite a jump in wages and a fall in unemployment to 3.8%, its lowest level since 1974.

The Office for National Statistics said average earnings growth of 5.4%, including bonuses, failed to keep pace with a 6.2% rise in the consumer prices index in February, while for those who missed out on a bonus the situation was even worse after average wages increased by only 4%.

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