UDAN finds widespread pay freezes in debt advice workplaces

Unite Debt Advice Network (UDAN) conducted a short survey this week to find out if debt advisers are expecting a pay rise this year, and if this will meet inflation. We asked 40 debt advisers and found that:

  • 32.5% had not received, and were not expecting to receive, a pay rise at all this year
  • 57.5% were to receive a pay rise this year

Of those receiving a pay rise, the mean was 3.16% (min 1.5%, max 7%, median 3%)

The mean pay increase this year across all the whole sample was 2.02% (median 2%)

This falls far short of current inflation (7.9% CPIH or 13.4% RPI in May 2022[1])

This represents a substantial real-terms pay cut for our members at a time when pressure on our services is growing rapidly.

UDAN will be conducting further research into debt adviser pay, and a detailed survey of members and non-members will be sent out in the coming weeks. 

[1] CPIH: https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationandpriceindices; RPI: https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationandpriceindices/timeseries/czbi

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