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Staff ‘accepting’ of work situation

23 June 2011

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The British workforce adapted well to the recession, with employees “accepting” they must work for longer while on the same wage or even facing a pay cut, a survey shows.

One in five UK workers is now working longer hours after the recession took hold, while 16% have reported a fall in their salary, according to the poll carried out by ICM for the Guardian and insurer Unum.

One in four of the 5,000 employees questioned in the survey said they don’t anticipate a pay increase in the next three years and only one in 10 expect to get a promotion in the next 12 months.

But 72% of those surveyed said they were happy in their work regardless and just over a quarter (27%) said they don’t expect to still be with the same employer in five years’ time.

Many also praised their employer’s handling of the recent recession and just 17% criticised the way their employer had dealt with the downturn.

Copyright Press Association 2011