Average wages have dropped by 24 per cent in Warrington since 2008

Warrington Guardian: Average wages have dropped by 24 per cent in Warrington since 2008 Average wages have dropped by 24 per cent in Warrington since 2008

WARRINGTON has been named in the top five places to see a drop in average earnings from 2008 to 2013.

Workers in Warrington have seen a drop in their salaries by 24 per cent, new figures have revealed.

The statistics, collected by the GMB, reveal the average earnings in 2013 were £26,607.

This is down £1,759 from the average salary in 2008, which was £28,366.

Paul Kenny GMB general secretary said: “These alarming figures show how hard-pressed working people across the UK are struggling to pay their bills after years of wage decline and attacks on the living standards of families throughout the land.

“Working people deserve and need a decent pay rise to halt the drop in living standards.”

The drop in salaries in Warrington is significantly higher than the average for the north west at 13 per cent.

Joining Warrington in the top five worst affected areas in the UK is Hammersmith and Fulham, Camden, Haringey and Greenwich.

The GDP per capita in the UK - which is one of the primary indicators of a country's economic performance - in 2013 at £23,894 was 5.7 per cent below the 2007 figure of £25,326.

This fall in GDP per head is the root cause of the 13.8 per cent drop in the real value of average earnings of all employees in employment between April 2008 and November 2013 in the UK.

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8:27am Mon 10 Mar 14

Freeborn John says...

Just a couple of weeks ago we were told by WBC that the town is the 10th most successful 'city' in the whole country, exactly the same average wage figure was quoted as an example of how good we've got it.
Most odd.
Just a couple of weeks ago we were told by WBC that the town is the 10th most successful 'city' in the whole country, exactly the same average wage figure was quoted as an example of how good we've got it. Most odd. Freeborn John
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9:02am Mon 10 Mar 14

Warrington Wife says...

This was reported a few weeks ago. There was also a debate on the reasons why our average wage has gone down.

If companies employ people full time instead of using agencies and mainly overseas workers then the wage levels may rise again and the unemployment rate may drop.
This was reported a few weeks ago. There was also a debate on the reasons why our average wage has gone down. If companies employ people full time instead of using agencies and mainly overseas workers then the wage levels may rise again and the unemployment rate may drop. Warrington Wife
  • Score: 8

9:33am Mon 10 Mar 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

"Workers in Warrington have seen a drop in their salaries by 24 per cent, new figures have revealed".

This comment does not apply to staff from local Government though!
Still Grumpy
"Workers in Warrington have seen a drop in their salaries by 24 per cent, new figures have revealed". This comment does not apply to staff from local Government though! Still Grumpy GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 1

12:20pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Cheap Mower says...

I wish i had an 'average' wage
I wish i had an 'average' wage Cheap Mower
  • Score: 6

12:31pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Freeborn John says...

Cheap Mower wrote:
I wish i had an 'average' wage
If the official average wage in the town is over £500 I suspect that a lot of jobs which pay less than that must be invisible to the Inland Revenue, if not to the rest of us.
[quote][p][bold]Cheap Mower[/bold] wrote: I wish i had an 'average' wage[/p][/quote]If the official average wage in the town is over £500 I suspect that a lot of jobs which pay less than that must be invisible to the Inland Revenue, if not to the rest of us. Freeborn John
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7:54pm Mon 10 Mar 14

mymamsaid says...

Freeborn John wrote:
Just a couple of weeks ago we were told by WBC that the town is the 10th most successful 'city' in the whole country, exactly the same average wage figure was quoted as an example of how good we've got it.
Most odd.
Most odd indeed - by my maths, the difference between £28,336 and £26,607 is just 6%.(bad enough, but not a quarter).
Can we have an explanation of the 24% per cent headline? Has the Guardian staff Challenged this?
I cannot believe that if we were earning salaries of £28,336, that we are now earning £21,535.86? Did the employers reduce all our salaries? I have not heard anyone shouting loudly!!

I
[quote][p][bold]Freeborn John[/bold] wrote: Just a couple of weeks ago we were told by WBC that the town is the 10th most successful 'city' in the whole country, exactly the same average wage figure was quoted as an example of how good we've got it. Most odd.[/p][/quote]Most odd indeed - by my maths, the difference between £28,336 and £26,607 is just 6%.(bad enough, but not a quarter). Can we have an explanation of the 24% per cent headline? Has the Guardian staff Challenged this? I cannot believe that if we were earning salaries of £28,336, that we are now earning £21,535.86? Did the employers reduce all our salaries? I have not heard anyone shouting loudly!! I mymamsaid
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10:53pm Mon 10 Mar 14

MikeJT says...

Like every other occasion the WG has probably got hold of some figures and decided to put a media spin on it. The "fall" in wages will NOT be like-for-like people. They will include people who have worked for years and therefore on a decent salary retiring or become unemployed, and their earnings being replaced at the bottom end by low paid "youngsters". Although half truths coming from a union with a vested interested in stating only one side of the argument is not surprising.

Another statistic ............ on average, the average worker in the UK has seen their wages rise by only 1.8% over the last 6 years. Taking into account inflation, this means that the average worker has a net deficit. See......... that is a balanced statistic.
Like every other occasion the WG has probably got hold of some figures and decided to put a media spin on it. The "fall" in wages will NOT be like-for-like people. They will include people who have worked for years and therefore on a decent salary retiring or become unemployed, and their earnings being replaced at the bottom end by low paid "youngsters". Although half truths coming from a union with a vested interested in stating only one side of the argument is not surprising. Another statistic ............ on average, the average worker in the UK has seen their wages rise by only 1.8% over the last 6 years. Taking into account inflation, this means that the average worker has a net deficit. See......... that is a balanced statistic. MikeJT
  • Score: 2

11:48pm Tue 11 Mar 14

grey-area says...

Still waiting for a full explanation of the 24% reduction.
Still waiting for a full explanation of the 24% reduction. grey-area
  • Score: 1

8:20pm Wed 12 Mar 14

annie1275 says...

My other half's wages has gone from £25,000 to £15,000....(althoug
h that is through change of jobs)..never the less its still 40% less.Maybe that average has brought it down,and many more others no doubt.
My other half's wages has gone from £25,000 to £15,000....(althoug h that is through change of jobs)..never the less its still 40% less.Maybe that average has brought it down,and many more others no doubt. annie1275
  • Score: 1

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