Full-time workers in Britain have enjoyed their best year of earnings since the depths of the financial crisis, due to rising wages and a record low cost of living, with aircraft pilots and flight engineers earning the most per week.
For those in full-time jobs, The Telegraph reports that weekly pay packets were up by £10 to £528 a week; a rise of 1.9 percent when adjusted for inflation, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The increase in annual earnings is the first since 2008, and the best yearly rise since 2004. When including inflation, earnings were up 1.6 percent – compared to just a 0.1 percent rise in 2014.
On average, pay growth in the public sector lagged behind the private sector by 3.5 percent, just slightly smaller than the 3.7 percent pay gap reported in 2014 – the ONS found.
Chancellor George Osborne has set a one percent price cap on public sector jobs as part of his efficiency drive.
On a nominal level, however, the average state-sector job pays £589 a week compared to £501 in April 2015.
The City of London is the base of Britain’s best paid full-time workers, with an average earning of £921 a week. The lowest average was in Derbyshire, where employees earned just £389.
The ONS’ Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings broke down all of Britain’s private sector occupations, from best to worst paid.
The best-paid jobs in Britain last year (earnings per week) were:
Aircraft pilots and flight engineers: £1,800.9
Transport associate professionals: £1,589
Chief Executives and senior officials: £1,580.7
Air Traffic Controllers: £1,500.8
Marketing and Sales Directors: £1,341.7
Legal professionals: 1,293.6
Advertising and PR Directors: £1,253.1
IT and Telecommunications Directors: £1,251.6
Financial Managers and Directors: £1,169
Senior Police Officers: £1,153
Functions Managers and Directors: £1,124.8
Senior Officers in Protective Services: £1,076.8
Financial Managers and Directors: £1,034.9
The worst-paid jobs in Britain last year (earnings per week) include:
Waiters and Waitresses: £266.4
Leisure and Theme Park Attendants: £273.3
Bar staff: £274
Launderers and Dry Cleaners: £275.4
Kitchen and Catering Assistants: £280
Check-out Operators: £280
Care Escorts: £285.5
School Crossing Patrollers: £286.5
Pharmacy dispensers: ££296.9
Sewing machinists: £297.1
Elementary administrators: £298
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