British wage growth fell by more than expected to hit its lowest in three months in June, official data showed on Wednesday, while the unemployment rate held steady over the same period.
Growth in average weekly earnings in the three months to June slumped to 2.4 percent on the year, slowing down from 3.2 percent in the three months to May, well below economists' forecasts of 2.8 percent in a Reuters poll.
The Office for National Statistics also said Britain's unemployment rate held steady at 5.6 percent after an unexpected rise in the three months to May.
May's increase in unemployment was the first since early 2013 and left economists unsure whether Britain's recovery was weakening, or if this was a brief hiccup as employers hunted for better-qualified staff.
The Bank of England is closely eyeing Britain's labor market as it judges when to raise interest rates for the first time since the start of the financial crisis in 2008.