Salaries in county out­pace the re­gion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Business - By Paul Grin­nel paul.grin­nell@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTPaulGrin­nell

Staff in pro­fes­sional and tech­ni­cal jobs in Peter­bor­ough and the sur­round­ing county are among the best paid in the re­gion, it has been claimed. The av­er­age salary for the area is £37,405, ac­cord­ing to a re­gion-wide sur­vey by in­de­pen­dent re­cruit­ment com­pany Cooper Lo­maz.

It is morethan£1,000higher than the av­er­age salary for East Anglia which stands at £36,400.

Alarm­ingly, the sur­vey al- so shows the pay gap be­tween men and women in the eastern coun­ties has widened from an av­er­age of £8,000 to £10,000.

Mark Fletcher, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor with Cooper Lo­maz, said: “Peter­bor­ough has one of the big­gest con­cen­tra­tions of mega-com­pa­nies out­side Lon­don.

“While av­er­age pay is not yet on a par with cen­tral Cam­bridge salaries, Peter­bor­ough is thriv­ing as a spe­cial­ist hub.

“Salaries are higher than in Norfolk, Suf­folk and Es­sex.

He said: “There is a strong de­mand in Peter­bor­ough for can­di­dates in the in­sur­ance, lo­gis­tics and IT sec­tors.

“We are do­ing a lot of work forAs­so­ci­at­edBri­tishFoodsin the IT sec­tor where the com­pany is un­der­tak­ing a ma­jor up­grade of its group shared ser­vices.”

Com­pa­nies like Ama­zon, As­so­ci­ated Bri­tish Foods, BGL, Mastercard and Trav­elex all ben­e­fit from Peter­bor­ough’s strate­gic lo­ca­tion close to the A1 and A14.

“Our sur­vey shows more work needs to be done to achieve pay equal­ity.

“It also sug­gests that there needs to be more en­cour­age­ment and sup­port for women to pur­sue ca­reers in tech­ni­cal ar­eas like in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and en­gi­neer­ing.”

SUR­VEY: Mark Fletcher and Si­mon Brown of Cooper Lo­maz.

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