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In April 2013, London topped the regional list for median full-time gross earnings at £658 per week. Employees earned £121 more per week than the next highest region, the South East (£537) and £140 more than the median for the whole of the UK (£517) according to figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
Northern Ireland (£460) was at the bottom of the regional list, with the North East (£470) and Wales (£472) completing the bottom three. To view an interactive info-graphic from the ONS, please click here.
Between 1997 the first year for which data are available, and 2013 Scotland saw the largest percentage increase in median gross weekly earnings, with an overall rise of +69%. Over this period, London has consistently topped the regional earnings list followed by the South East. The North East, Wales and Northern Ireland have generally had the lowest pay levels across the regions over the last 16 years. To view an interactive info-graphic from the ONS, please click here.
At the local authority level, earnings vary significantly across Great Britain. In April 2013, full-time employees working in the City of London had the highest median gross weekly earnings (£950) and those working in Rother, in the southeast of England, had the lowest (£366).