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London workers top UK pay league

City workers in London
City of London workers had an average annual pay of 82,000

Workers in London earn 50% more than employees in other parts of the UK on average, the GMB union has found.

Full-time workers in London earn an average of 46,000, compared to the UK average of 31,300, the GMB found.

The lowest annual salaries were in Wales, the North East and Northern Ireland, where it was 25,550, the GMB found using 2008 National Statistics.

The GMB said: "We will have to see if average pay holds up in 2009 in the face of this slowdown."

The biggest earners were in the City of London with an average pay of 82,000 per annum.

The top 50 areas for wages included London's 27 boroughs along with Windsor and Maidenhead, Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Bournemouth, Surrey, Slough and Aberdeen.

AVERAGE FULL-TIME SALARIES
London 46,462
South East 32,819
East 30,318
Scotland 28,296
South West 28,182
East Midlands 28,057
North West 28,045
West Midlands 27,872
Yorkshire & the Humber 27,534
Wales 25,677
North East 25,551
Northern Ireland 25,550
Source: Office for National Statistics

The area with the lowest full-time salary was Blaunau Gwent in South Wales, where workers earned 21,550.

Low salaries were also found at Inverclyde in Scotland, Ceredigion in Wales and Blackpool in Lancashire.

GMB general secretary Paul Kenny said: "Since these figures were drawn up, the credit crunch - which originated from excesses in the financial sector - has now given rise to a full blown recession, with all the misery that entails."

The union urged the government to "deal once and for all with the elements in the financial sector responsible for this recession".

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