The average pay settlement for the first quarter of 2007 remained relatively steady at 3.5 per cent, according to new figures.
Statistics from the IDS Pay Databank show that this compares with 3.42 per cent in the three months to February and 3.5 per cent for the three months to January.
More than a quarter of pay deals in the three months to March were at four per cent or more, primarily due to high inflation, said the report.
"Wage-setters are currently faced with the pressure of reviewing pay levels against much higher levels of RPI inflation than before. In addition, these higher inflation figures are pushing up pay increases under those long-term deals that are linked to the RPI," commented Ken Mulkearn, editor of the IDS Pay Report.
According to finance website Thisismoney.co.uk, millions of Britons could be missing out on the opportunity to add to their earnings by failing to take up employee benefits such as pension schemes and childcare vouchers.