It may be true that staff shortages are pushing up pay, but earnings are now only 1.8% higher than a year ago - the slowest rate of increase since late 2014 - which has contributed to a cut in real incomes because the rate of inflation has been higher.
The UK labour market is tightening, with employers finding it harder to recruit staff, according to a survey of employment agencies. The survey says that pay rates for both permanent and temporary staff are rising quickly due to a continuing fall in the number of job applicants. Last year's Brexit vote is also driving some EU nationals home, making it harder to fill a wide variety of jobs. Official figures have shown employment levels in the UK at record highs.