November 21, 2018

Workers in Scotland earn more than their British counterparts, new study reveals

TYPICAL pay in Scotland is higher than it is in England for the first time on record, a think tank has revealed.

Workers in Scotland typically receive £11.92 an hour, compared with £11.84 south of the border, according to the Resolution Foundation.

Analysis by the independent think tank found pay in Scotland had grown faster than any other part of the UK over the last two years.

In 2004, typical hourly pay in Scotland was 7.2 per cent lower than in England but strong growth in the middle of the last decade reduced the gap to 2.9 per cent by 2009 – the year that real earning peaked.

While wages were squeezed during the recession, this was less severe in Scotland, helping the gap narrow further.

The findings were released ahead of a major new report from the Resolution Foundation on The State of Working Scotland, which will be published later this week.

Conor D’Arcy, policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “As recently as a decade ago, typical workers in England earned significantly more than their counterparts in Scotland.

“But years of stronger pay growth in Scotland means that the English pay premium has now become the Scottish pay premium for the first time ever.

“Scotland’s impressive pay performance has been underpinned by high employment and steady economic growth, particularly in the run-up to the crash. But its recent employment and growth record has been less impressive.

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