One in four distribution workers has seen their pay cut since the recession began.
More than a quarter (27 per cent) have experienced a reduction in hours and one in three have lost benefits, the highest in the UK, according to a survey of more than 1,600 workers conducted by the Keep Britain Working campaign.
Across all industries, more than half of UK workers have experienced a cut in pay, a reduction in hours or a loss of benefits over the past couple of months – over the past nine months 27 per cent have had their pay cut, 24 per cent have has their hours reduced and 24 per cent have lost benefits.
James Reed, founder of the Keep Britain Working Campaign, said: “The UK workforce has demonstrated unprecedented flexibility during this recession, allowing organisations to explore a whole range of cost-cutting responses other than relying solely on redundancies. British workers are increasingly pessimistic about job prospects in the immediate future, but – and in contrast to parts of Continental Europe – overall workers appear to be making common cause with their managers to help keep people working.”