The average earnings of UK workers have been falling in real terms for the last three years and are now at 2003 levels, a new article from the Office for National Statistics has shown.
After three decades of strong growth, real wages peaked in 2009 at £12.25. Since then inflation has outstripped wage increases, leading to real wages of £11.92 in 2010 and £11.41 in 2011.
This means that real wages have dropped by almost 3% between 2010 and 2012.
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