Average earnings in York fail to rise

York Press: . .

AVERAGE earnings in York have failed to rise in the past year, new figures have revealed.

The statistics, presented to the York Economic Partnership, show that average gross weekly pay in the city in 2013 remained at £523, the same as in 2012, having risen then from £462 in 2011.

York council leader James Alexander said he suspected average earnings had stabilised this year because of a growth in low paid jobs.

He said: “Figures such as this show why better paid jobs and the Living Wage are so important to tackling the cost of living crisis and poverty “A job should be a way out of poverty, not another way to receive benefits because of low wages.”

He said the council was the first in Yorkshire to introduce the living wage, with the wages of 573 staff increased to £7.45 an hour from April.

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10:42am Fri 27 Dec 13

BL2 says...

He said the council was the first in Yorkshire to introduce the living wage, with the wages of 573 staff increased to £7.45 an hour from April.

After reducing how man people's wages to zero by making them redundant?!
[quote] He said the council was the first in Yorkshire to introduce the living wage, with the wages of 573 staff increased to £7.45 an hour from April.[/quote] After reducing how man people's wages to zero by making them redundant?! BL2

11:35am Fri 27 Dec 13

Can't all be wrong says...

Instead of the council applauding itself every time a new hotel or restaurant opens, they should take a long hard look at what that is doing to the pay scales of hundreds of people in York. Employment within the hospitality industry simply means poor rates of pay for the vast number of employees.
Far more effort needs to be focused on attracting better quality employment prospects, the university is the oblivious front runner, not only from an academic perspective, but there should be a whole raft of R & D, and high tech start up companies which could work hand in hand with the university.
Instead of the council applauding itself every time a new hotel or restaurant opens, they should take a long hard look at what that is doing to the pay scales of hundreds of people in York. Employment within the hospitality industry simply means poor rates of pay for the vast number of employees. Far more effort needs to be focused on attracting better quality employment prospects, the university is the oblivious front runner, not only from an academic perspective, but there should be a whole raft of R & D, and high tech start up companies which could work hand in hand with the university. Can't all be wrong

12:07pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Happytoliveinyork says...

#jobsandgrowth more like #lowpaidjobsandpubs
#jobsandgrowth more like #lowpaidjobsandpubs Happytoliveinyork

12:13pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Lunatic says...

Ah, I knew it'd only be a matter of time before the private sector's failings would be blamed on the council...
Ah, I knew it'd only be a matter of time before the private sector's failings would be blamed on the council... Lunatic

12:26pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Zetkin says...

And it seems like only yesterday we were told York's economy was healthier than it was before the recession began.

Actually it WAS only yesterday that we were told that, in these very pages.

An average wage of over £523 seems enormous to me, but maybe that's down to the company I keep. It's a little over £27,000 a year. My maths isn't brilliant, but I'm sure that's less than the £30,000 we were told was the York average 2 or 3 years ago, again in these very pages.

So, York's economy is bigger than it's ever been, yet workers' wages are falling, perhaps in absolute terms but certainly because they're standing still whilst food, energy, and housing costs all continue to grow rapidly.

Ever felt like you've been taken for a mug?
And it seems like only yesterday we were told York's economy was healthier than it was before the recession began. Actually it WAS only yesterday that we were told that, in these very pages. An average wage of over £523 seems enormous to me, but maybe that's down to the company I keep. It's a little over £27,000 a year. My maths isn't brilliant, but I'm sure that's less than the £30,000 we were told was the York average 2 or 3 years ago, again in these very pages. So, York's economy is bigger than it's ever been, yet workers' wages are falling, perhaps in absolute terms but certainly because they're standing still whilst food, energy, and housing costs all continue to grow rapidly. Ever felt like you've been taken for a mug? Zetkin

1:35am Sat 28 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

He said the council was the first in Yorkshire to introduce the living wage, with the wages of 573 staff increased to £7.45 an hour from April.

OK lets take a look at the councils website for job vacancies - oh look all 'Casual' contracts with no guaranteed work.
[quote]He said the council was the first in Yorkshire to introduce the living wage, with the wages of 573 staff increased to £7.45 an hour from April. [/quote] OK lets take a look at the councils website for job vacancies - oh look all 'Casual' contracts with no guaranteed work. Magicman!

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