By Marcus Leach

Data released by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) has said that only a quarter of UK workers have had a pay rise this year.

The CIPD went on to say that most workers would not receive a pay rise this year given that most pay awards were made between January and May.

With four out of five public servants saying they had not received a pay increase the findings go someway in supporting the government's current pay freeze for most public sector staff.

"Even those who are lucky enough to get an increase in their pay will find it below the current cost of living, compounding consumer belt-tightening," Charles Cotton of the CIPD said.

"We will see some increase in the number of private sector workers receiving a pay award in the second half of 2011, especially in the retail, catering and hotel sectors, as the increase to the national minimum wage comes into effect in October," he added.

A two-year public sector pay freeze for those earning over £21,000 was announced in the 2010 Budget.

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