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Insight into Wales’ Salaries Versus Other UK Regions

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This month, HR news reported that salaries had risen in December of last year, despite it usually being a quiet month for recruitment and pay increases.

Here we take a look at how Wales’ salaries compare with other UK regions, and much more.

What do salaries in the UK look like overall? DCS Multiserve, cleaning company has compiled some insights into UK salaries, including:

  • The regions with the highest – and lowest – salaries
  • The job titles with the highest – and lowest – salaries
  • Industries, job roles, and genders that pay below the National Minimum Wage

Salaries and job titles

In a recent article, the Independent revealed the highest paid jobs of 2016. And the results?

The top five best paid jobs comprised of:

  1. Chief executives and senior officials – £85.3K per year
  2. Pilots and flight engineers – £85K per year
  3. Air traffic controllers – £80K per year
  4. Transport Associate professionals – £75.5K per year
  5. Marketing and sales professionals – £70K per year

And the top five worst paid jobs? Business Insider UK reported.

  1. Waiting staff – £266.40 per week – £13,852.80 per year
  2. Theme Park Attendants – £273.30 per week – £14,211.60 per year
  3. Bar staff — £274.00 per week – £14,248 per year
  4. Hairdressers and barbers — £274.10 per week – £14,253.20 per year
  5. Dry cleaner — £275.40 per week – £14,320.80 per year

Salaries and regions

The average salary of UK regions is detailed below, ordered from highest to lowest*

Scotland
Weekly: £544.02
Annual: £ 28,289.30

Greater South East
Weekly: £531.89
Annual: £27,658.25

South West
Weekly: £500.38
Annual: £26,019.93

East Midlands
Weekly: £478.86
Annual: £24,900.72

West Midlands
Weekly: £474.125
Annual: £24,654.5

North East
Weekly: £461.90
Annual: £24,013.60

North West
Weekly: £458.18
Annual: £23,825.24

Wales
Weekly: £454.13
Annual: £23,614.93

Yorkshire
Weekly: £453.37
Annual: £23,575.07

Northern Ireland
Weekly: £448.10
Annual: £23,301.20

Insights

  • The region with the highest average salary in the UK is Scotland, at £28,289.30 per annum
  • The region with the lowest average salary in the UK is Northern Ireland, at £23,301.20
  • There is a difference of £4,988.10 between the average salary of the highest paid region and the lowest paid
  • Based on the below data, the average UK salary is £24,985.27 – the closest region to this is the East Midlands at an annual salary of £24,900.72

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum amount of money per hour that workers are entitled to be paid. The National Living Wage was introduced by the government in April 2016 for over 25’s.

Current National Minimum Wage (NMW) per hour

  • Apprentice: £3.40
  • Under 18s: £4
  • 18-20: £5.55
  • 21-24: £6.95

National (NLW) per hour

  • 25 and over: £7.20

People with part-time jobs are more likely not to be paid the NMW or NLW

In October 2016, the Office for National Statistics revealed that 362,000 jobs pay less than the NMW or NLW to employees 16 or over – that’s 1.3% of UK jobs.

This is divided into 2.4% of part-time jobs and 0.9% of full-time jobs. (Data taken from April of that year).
People aged 18-20 are most likely to be paid less than the NMW or NLW

Of the 362,000 jobs paying less than the NMW or NLW:

  • 2.1% of jobs for 18-20 year olds pay under
  • 1.4% of jobs for 21-24 year olds pay under
  • 1.3% pf jobs for people 25 and over pay under

Women are more likely to be paid less than the NMW or NLW

  • 1.7% of all jobs worked by women pay less than the minimum wage; contrasted with just 1% of jobs worked by men. That’s 230,000 jobs contrasted with 132,000.
  • 1.1% of full-time jobs worked by women pay under the minimum wage; contrasted with just 0.7% of full-time jobs worked by men. That’s 90,000 jobs contrasted with 88,000.
  • 2.4% of part-time jobs worked by women pay under the minimum wage; contrasted with 2.3% of part-time jobs worked by men. That’s 140,000 jobs contrasted with 44,000.
    Workers in the West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber are most likely to be paid less than the NMW or NLW
  • 1.7% of jobs in the West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber pay less than the minimum wage -equating to 40,000 and 38,000 jobs respectively.
  • London (0.9%) and Scotland (1%) top the least-likely regions to pay less than the minimum wage, equating to 35,000 and 25,000 jobs respectively.
  • Hairdressing and childcare are most likely to pay below NMW or NLW
  • 7% of hairdressing jobs pay below the NMW – equating to 8,000 jobs.