Workers resident in Windsor & Maidenhead top average earnings league with those in Hastings at the bottom
Figures show the extent to which the areas of South East England are split between those with residents on higher earnings and the those with the lower paid and a cursory look at house prices and rents across the region reflect this precise split, says GMB Southern Region
The mean average annual earnings of full time workers resident in Windsor & Maidenhead in 2021 at £57,455 put them top of the South East earnings league by borough. This amounts to 150.7% of the average earnings for all workers in the UK.
Second in the league were full time workers resident in Sevenoaks at £55,060 or 144.4% of the national average. They were followed by Tandridge at £53,564 (140.5%), Surrey Heath £53,229 (139.6%), Mole Valley £51,865 (136%), and Waverley £49,994 (131.1%).
At the other end of the earnings league for full time wages were workers resident in Hastings at £29,405 or 77.1% of the national average. Second from bottom was the Isle of Wight at £32,493 (85.2%), just below Arun at £32,757 (85.9%), Thanet at £33,031 (86.6%) and Portsmouth at £33,131 (86.9%).
The average annual earnings of workers resident in the South East in 2021 at £42,220 was 110.7% of the UK average which was £38,131.
These figures are from a new study by GMB of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) of mean average annual gross earnings for full time employee jobs for 2021 from the Office for National Statistics Table 8.7a. The figures for workers resident in each borough is set out in the table below. For 2021 no figures are available for workers resident in Tunbridge Wells, Elmbridge or Spelthorne.
|2021||% of UK average|
|England and Wales||38,560||101.1|
|1||Windsor and Maidenhead||57,455||150.7|
|13||Reigate and Banstead||46,671||122.4|
|14||Tonbridge and Malling||46,090||120.9|
|23||Vale of White Horse||43,002||112.8|
|25||Epsom and Ewell||42,146||110.5|
|28||Basingstoke and Deane||41,119||107.8|
|40||Brighton and Hove||38,327||100.5|
|51||Folkestone and Hythe||34,949||91.7|
|60||Isle of Wight||32,493||85.2|
|Tunbridge Wells||NO DATA|
Justin Bowden, GMB Southern Regional Secretary said:
“These figures graphically demonstrate the extent to which the areas of South East England are split between those with residents on higher earnings and those with the lower paid. A cursory look at house prices and rents across the region reflect this precise split.
“After the pandemic, all workers across the South East are facing severe costs of living pressures as inflation bites into living standards. This is a very big issue that will dominate politics and the economy over the next year.
“These figures clearly demonstrate that the very lowest paid in our region are facing the most severe pressure, particularly when compared to house prices and rents. Specific action on social housing and wages are required to deal with them.
“Cost of living is on the rise, with fuel bills and petrol prices sky rocketing, not to mention the National insurance contributions having gone up at the beginning of the month. Any pay rise that does not reflect this is a de facto pay cut.”
Notes to Editors:
1] Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2021, Office for National Statistics, Crown Copyright Reserved
2] The figures are annual Mean salary for all Full-time employees, residential based in April 2021
3] Full-time is defined as employees working more than 30 paid hours per week (or 25 or more for the teaching professions).
4] ASHE is based on a 1% sample of employee jobs, drawn from HM Revenue and Customs Pay As You Earn (PAYE) records.
5] Further details are available here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/bulletins/annualsurveyofhoursandearnings/2021