UK average wage picture very mixed, despite rising overall UK average wage picture very mixed, despite rising overall

UK average wage picture very mixed, despite rising overall
15 Feb 2019

The average salary in the UK increased by 3.9% last year, according to new research.

A study conducted by job search engine Adzuna revealed that the average advertised income in the UK was £34,213 (US$44,290) last December, up 1.6% from the month before.

Teaching salaries rose the fastest, with the average advertised wage here increasing by 14.4% to hit £30,511 (US$34,839). There was a 7.8% boost for legal professionals, equating to an average advertised salary of £43,733 (US$56,614), while IT positions saw an average annual income of £51,401 (US$66,540), which amounted to a 5% rise over the previous year, Employee Benefits reported.

At the other end of the scale, the retail sector saw its average advertised wage fall by 5.9% year-on-year to £25,385 (US$32,862). Maintenance jobs experienced a similar drop, decreasing by 5.1% to reach an average of £28,980 (US$37,516).

Wales was also the only UK region that saw an overall fall - of 0.5% - in average advertised salaries over the last year. In comparison, South West England enjoyed an 8.2% hike, leading to an average wage of £32,552 (US$42,140). London still offers the highest average income in the UK at £41,859 (US$54,188), an increase of 5.3% since last year.

Meanwhile, research from the Resolution Foundations showed that the average salary of a professional in their 30s is £2,100 (US$2,719) less than an equivalent income in 2009. Economic analyst Nye Cominetti told HR Grapevine: "In the wake of the financial crisis young people received a bigger hit to their pay packets than anyone else, with wages shrinking by more than 10% between 2009 and 2014."

Emma Woollacott

Emma Woollacott is a freelance business journalist. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Guardian, the Times, Forbes and the BBC.

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The average salary in the UK increased by 3.9% last year, according to new research.

A study conducted by job search engine Adzuna revealed that the average advertised income in the UK was £34,213 (US$44,290) last December, up 1.6% from the month before.

Teaching salaries rose the fastest, with the average advertised wage here increasing by 14.4% to hit £30,511 (US$34,839). There was a 7.8% boost for legal professionals, equating to an average advertised salary of £43,733 (US$56,614), while IT positions saw an average annual income of £51,401 (US$66,540), which amounted to a 5% rise over the previous year, Employee Benefits reported.

At the other end of the scale, the retail sector saw its average advertised wage fall by 5.9% year-on-year to £25,385 (US$32,862). Maintenance jobs experienced a similar drop, decreasing by 5.1% to reach an average of £28,980 (US$37,516).

Wales was also the only UK region that saw an overall fall - of 0.5% - in average advertised salaries over the last year. In comparison, South West England enjoyed an 8.2% hike, leading to an average wage of £32,552 (US$42,140). London still offers the highest average income in the UK at £41,859 (US$54,188), an increase of 5.3% since last year.

Meanwhile, research from the Resolution Foundations showed that the average salary of a professional in their 30s is £2,100 (US$2,719) less than an equivalent income in 2009. Economic analyst Nye Cominetti told HR Grapevine: "In the wake of the financial crisis young people received a bigger hit to their pay packets than anyone else, with wages shrinking by more than 10% between 2009 and 2014."

Emma Woollacott

Emma Woollacott is a freelance business journalist. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Guardian, the Times, Forbes and the BBC.

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