Shop workers pay has risen at below average rates but their average weekly working hours have increased according to a survey by the Industrial Relations Service (IRS)
IRS said that pay increases over the past year were 2.5%, which is about 0.5% lower than in other sectors.
At the same time, shop staff were working an average 38 hour week - 30 minutes longer than a year ago.
Retail workers should benefit from next month's increase of the minimum wage to £5.35 from £5.05.
The IRS report also stated that staff received discounts of between 10% and 33% on products from the shops in which they worked.
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