Wages in the UK have seen one of the largest falls in the European Union during the economic downturn, according to official figures.
Figures from the House of Commons library show average hourly wages have fallen 5.5% since mid-2010, adjusted for inflation, which is the fourth-worst decline in the 27-nation bloc.
By contrast, German hourly wages rose by 2.7% over the same period.
Across the European Union as a whole, average wages fell 0.7%.
Only Greek, Portuguese and Dutch workers have had a steeper decline in hourly wages, the figures showed.
Other countries that have suffered during the eurozone debt crisis also fared better than the UK. Spain had a 3.3% drop over the same period and salaries in Cyprus fell by 3%.
French workers saw a 0.4% increase, while the 18 countries in the eurozone saw a 0.1% drop during that period.
"The economy is on the mend, but we've still got a long way to go as we move from rescue to recovery and we appreciate that times are still tough for families," a Treasury spokesperson said.
The GMB union said the government was "directly responsible" for the fall in wages.
"Employers paying low wages get taxpayer subsidies in the form of tax credits to assemble a workforce for them to make decent profit margins," it said.