UK workers saw a yearly wage rise of just 0.1%, the lowest increase since records began, according to the latest figures by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS said that in the year to April, average gross weekly earnings for full-time employees stood at £518, up a minuscule 0.1% or £1 from £517 in 2013, and the lowest increase since records began in 1997.

Adjusted for inflation, weekly wages declined 1.6% in the year to April, confirming the Labour claims that the majority of the UK continue to face a squeeze on living standards, despite headline GDP figures improving.

While the government has implemented a series of cuts and pay freezes for public sector workers under their austerity programme, the failure to raise wages for the majority of Britons means that private sector earnings have remained consistently at around 85% of public sector earnings since 2009.

As wages continue to be squeezed, the number of people aged 16 and over working for less than the minimum wage also increased by 39,000 over the year to 309,000, or 1.2% of the workforce.

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