Av­er­age lo­cal wages re­vealed and it’s not good news for women


Grimsby Telegraph - - News - By Paige Fresh­wa­ter paige.fresh­wa­ter@reach­plc.com

AV­ER­AGE full-time wages have risen by nearly 10 per cent in Grimsby – but women are still earn­ing £11,000 a year less than men.

The me­dian pre-tax salary for some­one liv­ing in the re­gion stood at £25,590 in April, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics (ONS). This is up from £23,432 in April last year, equat­ing to a rise of £2,158 in a 12-month pe­riod. When those work­ing in part-time jobs are in­cluded, a worker’s av­er­age an­nual earn­ings in North East Lin­colnshire fall to £19,965. How­ever, the av­er­age man work­ing a full-time job earns £31,918. But for women that falls to £20,313.

These sta­tis­tics, which were col­lected from ONS’s an­nual sur­vey of hours and earn­ings, mean North East Lin­colnshire has a gen­der pay gap of £11,605 a year. The sta­tis­tics do not break down the types of em­ploy­ment but when com­pared to else­where in the UK, the wage gap be­tween men and women in North East Lin­colnshire is dou­ble the na­tional av­er­age. The data also re­veals that the poor­est 10 per cent of full-time work­ers earn less than £14,858 a year, while the rich­est 20 per cent all earn more than £39,327. But the data, which is based on a sam­ple of around 300,000 peo­ple us­ing HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms’ PAYE records, does not im­ply that ev­ery­one in the re­gion got a pay rise of £2,158 a year.

It could also mean that peo­ple who were al­ready in high-pay­ing jobs moved into the area to live, or that large num­bers of peo­ple switched to higher-pay­ing jobs. Across the UK, av­er­age earn­ings for full-time work­ers rose by 2.8 per cent, with a me­dian wage in­crease from £28,759 to £29,574. And av­er­age earn­ings for all work­ers – in­clud­ing those who work part-time was £24,006. The av­er­age for men work­ing full-time stood at £31,834, and for women it was £26,103 – some £5,731 less. Un­sur­pris­ingly, those liv­ing in Lon­don had the big­gest av­er­age wages, with a me­dian salary for some­one liv­ing in Is­ling­ton at £44,999 – the high­est in the UK. The low­est was in Bos­ton, in Lin­colnshire, with me­dian earn­ings of just £21,523 a year.

The av­er­age man work­ing a full-time job earns £31,918. But for women that falls to £20,313.

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