23rd Mar, 2019

Wages down as Redditch falls behind the rest of the UK for salaries

Ross Crawford 13th Jul, 2018

AVERAGE weekly wages in Redditch have been falling since 2014 – with pay in the town behind not only Worcestershire and the West Midlands, but the entire country.

That’s the finding of a report carried out by the borough council into ‘help me run a successful business’ – one of the authority’s key strategic aims.

The report’s authors believe this is down to either the borough failing to attract higher paid jobs or new jobs paying less – or a combination of both.

It also found that on average women living in Redditch do more lower paid jobs than men, earning a weekly salary of £410 compared to £497.90 – a difference of 21 per cent.

In terms of where they work – those prepared to travel outside the borough for employment – the disparity is even greater with women earning £393.60 a week compared to £563.60 for men – a difference of 43.2 per cent.

The figures also show Redditch residents take home on average of £453, compared to £538.70 in Worcestershire, £517.40 in the West Midlands and £552.70 in the UK as a whole.

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