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Wednesday newspaper round-up: Average UK pay, Brexit, Pendragon

Annual pay growth stalled at 4% in May, leaving most workers with a rise in earnings worth less than half the 9% increase in prices. Figures from XpertHR, a pay and personnel data publisher, said employer pay deals for the three months to May failed to increase on April’s median 4%, undermining concerns that workers would push for inflation-busting rises in earnings that could start a wage-price spiral. – Guardian

Britain’s cost of living crisis is being made worse by Brexit dragging down the country’s growth potential and costing workers hundreds of pounds a year in lost pay, new research claims. The Resolution Foundation thinktank and academics from the London School of Economics said the average worker in Britain was now on course to suffer more than £470 in lost pay each year by 2030 after rising living costs are taken into account, compared with a remain vote in 2016. – Guardian

The state pension and benefits are set to rise in line with double-digit inflation, despite the Government telling workers to accept a real terms pay cut. The Treasury on Tuesday confirmed that the pension “triple lock” will be reinstated after it was put on pause during the pandemic, taking the annual payout for retirees beyond £10,000 for the first time. – Telegraph

Sam Smith founded finnCap 24 years ago. In the year just gone, finnCap generated revenues of £52.4 million – more than ten times the amount the business turned over in its first full year of operation. Sam Smith, the first and only woman to run a City stockbroker, is to leave finnCap 24 years after she founded it. – The Times

Pendragon suffered a huge shareholder revolt over executive bonuses as almost two-thirds voted against the remuneration report at the car dealer’s annual meeting. The scale of the revolt, the third in a row, was branded “hugely embarrassing” by one analyst as 65.51 per cent of those who voted were against the directors’ pay report. – The Times

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