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Want pay raise? Work 5 days a week in office, Brit firms tell staff

Wages are rising at near-record rates because workers are in short supply even though the economy is headed into recession

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British companies are starting to pay a “five days in the office” premium to lure in staff who have retained bargaining power because workers are in such short supply, the nation’s biggest recruitment agency said.

James Reed, chairman of recruitment the giant Reed, said employers are having to lift wages most in industries such as hospitality, manufacturing and health care where there’s less flexibility to work from home.

“Pay rates for workers who are required to attend physically the workplace five or more days a week have risen quite significantly,” Reed said. “Employers are having to pay more to get them to

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First Published: Jan 28 2023 | 12:58 AM IST

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