Despite regular pay growth falling to the lowest level since records began, pay increases in the public sector outstripped those in the private sector in the months from December to February on the same period the year before:
UK employee's regular pay growth: private sector fell to record low of 1.0% while public sector slipped to 1.7%twitpic.com/cjxmul— Chris Williamson (@WilliamsonChris) April 17, 2013
John Salt, director, totaljobs.com:
The heavy snow placed a crippling freeze on growth for retailers and small businesses. The extended winter also put the brakes on building work in the UK. These employment figures, alongside rising fuel costs, have seen both jobseekers and consumer confidence left out in the cold. Although spring has finally arrived, the Chancellor will be finding it hard to identify shoots of recovery.