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London heads the UK wages league
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The wealthiest boroughs are in London and the south east
Residents of the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea enjoy the UK's highest average weekly earnings, a Halifax bank survey suggests.

Average earnings in the borough are 1,252, more than four times the wages in Berwick-upon-Tweed, the local authority with the lowest incomes.

Overall, the survey underlines the existence of a north-south wage divide.

Nearly all of the 50 local authorities with the highest-average earnings are in southern England.

Out of the 50 highest-earning local authorities, 15 were in London, 21 in the south east and 10 in the east of England.

"Earnings are highest in London and the south east while the lowest earnings are in the north of England and the south west," Tim Crawford, Halifax group economist, said.

Among the fifty local authorities with the lowest incomes, more than half were in the north east, north west and Wales.

However, Halifax said that smaller wage packets were partly offset by lower living costs.

"While there are clear areas of below-average earnings, the cost of living in these places is often lower. In fact, housing affordability was 30% better in the lowest-paid areas relative to the highest-paid areas," Mr Crawford added.

Local authorities with highest-average earnings
Local authority Region Average weekly pay
Kensington and Chelsea London 1,252
City of London London 1,107
Westminster London 934
Elmbridge South East 906
Richmond-upon-Thames London 813
Islington London 803
Camden London 776
Hammersmith and Fulham London 775
Chiltern South East 772
St Albans South East 767
Source: Halifax (wage figures are gross)

Local authorities with the lowest-average earnings
Local authority Region Average weekly pay
Berwick-upon-Tweed North East 302
Blaenau Gwent Wales 373
Restormel South West 375
Boston East Midlands 376
Hyndburn North West 378
Torbay South West 379
Hull Yorkshire 382
Blackpool North West 383
Stoke-on-Trent West Midlands 385
Easington North East 387
Source: Halifax (Wage figures are gross)




SEE ALSO:
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