New research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found that pay for full-time employees has increased this year compared to 2012.
The ‘Annual survey of hours and earnings, 2013’ found that median pay for full-time employees has increased by 2.2 per cent. Last year full-time workers earned an average of £506 per week, whereas in April of this year, the figure came to £517.
The average full-time worker who had been in the same job for at least 12 months was found to have an average salary of £27,000. This is an increase of 2.1 per cent on last year’s figures. However, according to bbc.co.uk, this still means that pay has risen less than the rate of inflation, which was 2.4 per cent.
Data from the survey also found that there is still a huge pay gap between men and women. The pay gap between men and women increased to ten per cent this year, up from 9.5 per cent in 2013. April figures show that men earn an average of £566 per week, whereas women earn £459 each week.
Talking about the results, Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), told employeebenfits.co.uk that the results are shocking. She said: “This year has seen a shock rise in the gender pay gap after years of slow, steady progress. Ministers should be ashamed of presiding over this latest dismal record on pay.”
She added: “It is not right that, in Britain today, women still earn… less per hour than men.”