Cornwall is one of the lowest paid areas in the UK

Following on from my previous blog on low pay in Cornwall, I now have further details on how Cornwall’s average wage is compared with other local authorities / areas. I knew Cornwall had the potential be amongst the lowest, but I did not realise just how close to the bottom  of the lowest average pay ‘league’ we would be (4th).

It is a small mercy that Cornwall is not at the bottom, this ‘honour’ goes to East Renfrewshire in Scotland, with the average pay of £15,389. The highest (and no real surprise) average wage is in the City of London; which is over three-times the lowest at £51,952. These figures* are for workplace and includes both full and part-time workers.

Why Cornwall is placed so low? This is due to a series of  – and obvious issues – issues including more low paying sectors and fewer higher paying sectors. There is strong evidence of lower pay across the sectors which impacts on Cornwall’s average pay. It is not just the case of one sector like tourism paying low wages, it is the same across all the main sectors are paid less in Cornwall. For example, Manufacturing at 73%, Construction 72%, Wholesale, retail and motors 81%, accommodation and food services 74%, Professional (legal, technical services) at 61% all pay less in Cornwall (percentage figures are against the UK average 100%).

Added to the issue is Cornwall also has higher levels of self employment, part-time etc.  Many part-timers are caught in the trap of wanting to work more hours, but they cannot due to a large sector of employment is seasonal.

The question is how do we address this?  In the meantime I will let you ponder and examine the table below on the average wages by LA /Area

LA / Area Average Pay Rank
East Renfrewshire £15,389 1 Lowest Average Pay
Torbay £16,555 2
Oldham £17,125 3
Shropshire £17,301 4
Cornwall £17,344 5
Blackpool £17,369 6
Northumberland £17,399 7
Angus £17,431 8
Gwynedd £17,482 9
Powys £17,536 10
Conwy £17,613 11
Herefordshire, County of £17,619 12
Dudley £17,632 13
Pembrokeshire £17,633 14
East Sussex £17,817 15
Tameside £17,841 16
Moray £17,896 17
Waltham Forest £17,984 18
Kirklees £17,994 19
St. Helens £18,027 20
Harrow £18,106 21
North East Lincolnshire £18,167 22
Inverclyde £18,174 23
Middlesbrough £18,205 24
Isle of Wight £18,261 25
Rochdale £18,306 26
Eilean Siar £18,341 27
Blackburn with Darwen £18,444 28
Walsall £18,473 29
Carmarthenshire £18,516 30
East Dunbartonshire £18,585 31
Wigan £18,619 32
Dumfries and Galloway £18,642 33
Bolton £18,681 34
Wirral £18,707 35
Ceredigion £18,746 36
Redcar and Cleveland £18,750 37
Sefton £18,779 38
Scottish Borders £18,848 39
Worcestershire £18,896 40
Merthyr Tydfil £18,903 41
The Vale of Glamorgan £18,913 42
Hartlepool £18,929 43
Rotherham £18,948 44
Blaenau Gwent £18,986 45
Rutland £18,990 46
Wolverhampton £19,017 47
Swansea £19,037 48
Norfolk £19,105 49
Rhondda, Cynon, Taff £19,151 50
Barnsley £19,206 51
Devon £19,208 52
Kingston upon Hull, City of £19,223 53
Lincolnshire £19,224 54
Dorset £19,281 55
North Yorkshire £19,298 56
East Ayrshire £19,307 57
East Riding of Yorkshire £19,313 58
Nottinghamshire £19,354 59
Sandwell £19,360 60
Somerset £19,383 61
Bournemouth £19,409 62
Staffordshire £19,426 63
Fife £19,460 64
Clackmannanshire £19,474 65
Monmouthshire £19,552 66
Derbyshire £19,610 67
Wiltshire £19,645 68
Doncaster £19,713 69
Newport £19,730 70
Suffolk £19,749 71
Lancashire £19,762 72
Bridgend £19,770 73
Bradford £19,801 74
Aberdeenshire £19,814 75
Cumbria £19,970 76
South Tyneside £20,024 77
Stockton-on-Tees £20,068 78
Cheshire West and Chester £20,086 79
York £20,114 80
Kent £20,154 81
Caerphilly £20,167 82
Stoke-on-Trent £20,190 83
Bath and North East Somerset £20,201 84
Leicestershire £20,231 85
County Durham £20,257 86
Stockport £20,273 87
Thurrock £20,305 88
South Gloucestershire £20,347 89
Bury £20,357 90
Highland £20,365 91
North Ayrshire £20,367 92
Sheffield £20,382 93
Denbighshire £20,387 94
South Lanarkshire £20,402 95
Perth and Kinross £20,453 96
Torfaen £20,490 97
Southend-on-Sea £20,575 98
Wakefield £20,673 99
Medway £20,697 100
Newcastle upon Tyne £20,707 101
Northamptonshire £20,783 102
Essex £20,790 103
North Tyneside £20,817 104
Gloucestershire £20,868 105
Central Bedfordshire £20,970 106
Telford and Wrekin £21,009 107
Poole £21,097 108
Argyll and Bute £21,101 109
Sunderland £21,120 110
West Lothian £21,123 111
Nottingham £21,126 112
Sutton £21,169 113
Calderdale £21,176 114
South Ayrshire £21,216 115
Bromley £21,265 116
North Somerset £21,280 117
Midlothian £21,312 118
Cheshire East £21,359 119
Anglesey £21,377 120
Trafford £21,402 121
Enfield £21,504 122
Brighton and Hove £21,510 123
Stirling £21,555 124
Birmingham £21,558 125
Lewisham £21,618 126
West Sussex £21,643 127
Darlington £21,676 128
Leicester £21,693 129
Bedford £21,734 130
Dundee City £21,791 131
North Lanarkshire £21,804 132
Renfrewshire £21,928 133
Luton £21,954 134
Cardiff £22,000 135
Plymouth £22,015 136
Warwickshire £22,017 137
Havering £22,120 138
Swindon £22,154 139
Gateshead £22,221 140
Bexley £22,358 141
Falkirk £22,412 142
Leeds £22,419 143
Glasgow City £22,638 144
Coventry £22,931 145
Brent £22,961 146
Port Talbot £22,963 147
Redbridge £22,996 148
Salford £23,004 149
Liverpool £23,025 150
North Lincolnshire £23,115 151
Halton £23,178 152
Warrington £23,184 153
Flintshire £23,203 154
Knowsley £23,204 155
Peterborough £23,299 156
Solihull £23,328 157
Southampton £23,386 158
Hertfordshire £23,418 159
Bristol, City of £23,468 160
Buckinghamshire £23,490 161
Merton £23,511 162
Newham £23,545 163
Portsmouth £23,594 164
Barnet £23,802 165
Hampshire £23,816 166
Ealing £24,338 167
Manchester £24,354 168
Surrey £24,471 169
Cambridgeshire £24,497 170
Haringey £24,538 171
Shetland Islands £24,752 172
Wandsworth £24,804 173
Greenwich £24,811 174
Croydon £24,852 175
Richmond upon Thames £24,984 176
Oxfordshire £25,110 177
Edinburgh, City of £25,543 178
Milton Keynes £25,639 179
Kingston upon Thames £25,738 180
Barking and Dagenham £26,025 181
Aberdeen City £26,384 182
Kensington and Chelsea £26,546 183
West Berkshire £26,548 184
Slough £26,625 185
Reading £27,094 186
Hackney £28,006 187
Derby £28,400 188
Hounslow £28,925 189
Wokingham £29,126 190
Hillingdon £29,165 191
Hammersmith and Fulham £30,167 192
Bracknell Forest £31,317 193
Southwark £31,545 194
Lambeth £31,778 195
Camden £32,596 196
Westminster £33,829 197
Islington £34,093 198
Tower Hamlets £44,380 199
City of London £51,952 200 Highest Average

 

  • Data from Nomis as of 22nd Dec 2014

4 comments

  • Very interesting Andy, and more companion figures to other wholly unacceptable statistics; equal poorest County in the UK in terms of GDP (think about that, we are talking comparisons with the most deprived parts of Wales, Scotland, Liverpool, Glasgow, the abandoned Victorian coastal towns etc. A recipient of 4 consecutive structural fund programmes from Europe worth £1bn+ because our GDP at 73% of the EU average qualifies us for emergency measures along with areas of Greece and Portugal. Think about this too; we are not just comparing ourselves to France or Germany, even the new ex Communist Eastern Block countries, Ireland (which was 3rd world when I honeymooned there in 1982) are more successful and prosperous. What is worse is that a good chunk of Cornwall is very wealthy. The Cornwall that is producing these figures is not Rock, St Mawes, Restronguet, the Plymouth hinterland. It is the former and current social housing estates of Penzance, CPR, Truro, Falmouth, Bodmin. Incomes here are so low that even averaging out them with the rich areas still makes our economic performance a train crash. Why is this? 1) The rich who arrive here have invested in a retirement chocolate box lid environment where they year on year organise, delay and obstruct major wealth creating initiatives. The omelette can’t be made without breaking the eggs. If we want to do something about the deprivation in our midst we have to accept some damage to the environment; a simple and straightforward equation. 2) I’ve spent a lifetime in business and have worked around the country and seen life abroad. I know nowhere with less of an entrepreneurial mindset than my home County. The LEP, the RDA, CDC all struggle to deliver because of apathy and obstruction. Yes we have vibrant SMEs but they are tiny and don’t create the wealth that is needed if we think deprivation here is a problem. 3) A survey last week showed the very low take up of further education in Cornwall compared to the rest of the country and this exhibits itself by the frightening degree of economic illiteracy you hear on Laurence Reid, read in the press etc. It really seems to be that some people believe that wealth is something in the public domain that the rich “steal”, not that every single penny that is spent on public services comes from the taxation of corporations, companies and individuals who generate wealth. Most middle income people will be working for about 25 minutes in every hour to pay direct taxation and another 10 mins to pay for VAT on their purchases, not much of which flows back to them other than roads, health care and education. They is so much drivel spoken about bankers; the City of London bankrolls much of this country with the vast taxes it pays. It is an international success story handling in some areas 40% of the world’s trades. So what if a few board members have their snouts in the trough for a few million? Our economy is worth a trillion or so, relatively speaking these bonuses cost us nothing compared to driving these companies away to Singapore, Frankfurt or whatever. We don’t have a manufacturing base to speak of any more. It is financial services that gives our small population and country position number 6 in economic ranking. Then again people seem to think that wealth is a cake and that all you have to do is cut up the slices more equitably to solve poverty, not that an economy is a vibrant organic thing capable of growth and very easily destroyed if you drive the wealth creators away and kill the goose that lays the fiscal egg. So much more to say on this subject, but it amazes me that there is such apathy about the relatively vast gap between rich and poor in Cornwall. Also it saddens me that so many of us look outside ourselves for scapegoats to blame for our condition rather than rolling up shirtsleeves Finally we are 25% through the Local Plan period and still don’t have one in place to control unfettered and anarchistic development after the old planning acts were torn up and the “presumption to approve” NPPF put in its place. PLEASE Cllr, can you give Cornwall the Xmas present of a Plan we can all work to in 2015?

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