Where are the UK Salary hotspots?

Where does your city rank in the UK salary table?

This week the ONS released data that ranked each town and city that has at least 135,000 inhabitants in the UK based on the average salary paid to its workers. The results although expected in some areas do throw up some surprises with the lowest paid town being Southend based in the south east only 40 miles from London. So is there still a north south divide when it comes to pay? The answer is unfortunately yes as 65% of the towns and cities in the top 20 are south of Birmingham.

We know that wages can differ depending on your post code for example a PA working in North Wales can expect to be paid less than a PA working in say London but even call centre workers in Wigan are paid less than their counter parts in Crawley when the jobs are identical.

London will always distort the numbers slightly and so too the surrounding areas like Reading and Milton Keynes which continue to attract skilled workers and large employers who prefer to be close to the capital without the expensive rents, but what impact will statistics like this have on young people or those skilled workers looking to increase their earnings? It’s no secret that over the past 10 years areas of the UK with large employers and higher salary opportunities are seeing a migration of talent, places like Wigan, Barnsley and Doncaster all feature in the bottom 15 and have some of the lowest shares of residents educated to degree level

Clearly there is more work that central government and local councils need to do to attract companies and in turn retain and grow the local talent in their area and with multibillion pound investment schemes planned around the Northern Powerhouse initiative this will surely help.

Highest and lowest wages per week in UK’s largest towns and cities*

  • London: £727
  • Reading: £655
  • Crawley: £633
  • Milton Keynes: £619
  • Cambridge: £609
  • Slough: £606
  • Oxford: £600
  • Edinburgh: £598
  • Aberdeen: £597
  • Derby: £595
  • Aldershot: £588
  • Southampton: £579
  • Luton: £571
  • Swindon: £560
  • Bristol: £547
  • National Average: £539
  • Leeds: £533
  • Coventry: £532
  • Birmingham: £527
  • Glasgow: £526
  • Gloucester: £526
  • Portsmouth: £520
  • Belfast: £514
  • Liverpool: £512
  • Manchester: £512
  • Warrington: £510
  • Northampton: £508
  • Ipswich: £506
  • Cardiff: £505
  • Dundee: £503
  • Bournemouth: £503
  • Basildon: £501
  • Newcastle: £501
  • York: £501
  • Blackpool: £500
  • Exeter: £499
  • Peterborough: £497
  • Telford: £497
  • Brighton: £496
  • Chatham: £494
  • Blackburn: £488
  • Nottingham: £486
  • Sunderland: £484
  • Wakefield: £483
  • Leicester: £480
  • Preston: £480
  • Middlesbrough: £477
  • Sheffield: £474
  • Newport: £473
  • Mansfield: £472
  • Plymouth: £467
  • Hull: £466
  • Swansea: £464
  • Burnley: £459
  • Stoke: £455
  • Bradford: £455
  • Worthing: £455
  • Barnsley: £453
  • Norwich: £450
  • Doncaster: £447
  • Wigan: £436
  • Birkenhead: £428
  • Huddersfield: £424
  • Southend: £413

*The Centre for Cities data covers built-up urban areas with a population of 135,000 or more