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Union warns of falling earnings

Tuesday January 3rd 2012

Dancers, driving instructors and chartered surveyors are among workers who have suffered a 25% fall in the value of their earnings in the past four years, new research reveals.

Full-time workers in 277 occupations have suffered a drop in living standards since April 2007 averaging 5.9%, when wage rises were compared to inflation, said the GMB.

A study for the union showed that the fall was at least 25% in 11 occupations including compositors, financial technicians, dancers and choreographers and driving instructors.

There were falls of between 20% and 25% among chemists, leisure and theme park workers and public relations officers, and of between 15% and 20% among bricklayers, decorators, hotel porters, labourers and kitchen assistants, the report showed.

The smallest drop in living standards of less than 5% included pilots, chiropodists, electricians, farm workers, florists, furniture makers, librarians, rail staff, teachers, undertakers and travel agents.

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