UK wage growth continued to lag behind the rising cost of living between October and December, figures show.
Wages rose, but when taking inflation into account, pay showed a 0.8% fall from a year earlier, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Latest figures also show that the unemployment rate fell to 4.1% while job vacancies hit a fresh record high. There are signs that these pressures might feed through to faster wage growth in the coming months.
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