Teachers, leisure workers the biggest losers from UK’s wage woes

November 21, 2014


Teaching staff and leisure workers have taken the biggest hit to their take home pay in real termsĀ over the last three years, according to the latest edition of Britain’s most comprehensive survey of the labour market.

The Office for National Statistics’ Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) showed that median gross weekly earnings for teaching and educational professionals have increased just 0.5 percent between 2011 and 2014, compared with a 7.4 percent rise in inflation from April 2011 to April 2014 — the reference dates for the survey.

Wages for leisure and travel workers, meanwhile, fell 1.2 percent in nominal terms — let alone discounting for inflation.

Only one out of the ASHE’s 34 major occupational categories and sub-categoriesĀ had above-inflation wages rises — and only slightly.

That was for “elementary administration and service occupations”, which includes postal workers, window cleaners, porters and parking officials. Some people in this category will be on the national minimum wage, which has increased 6.9 percent increase between 2011 and 2014.

* The ASHE survey goes back to 1997, although the latest comparable jobs categories run from 2011 to 2014.

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