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Scots pay 'up 23% in five years'

Wage slip
The figures come from full-time employees on adult pay

The average full-time salary in Scotland increased by more than a fifth over the past five years, new figures have suggested.

The Bank of Scotland said workers now took home 28,296 on average, compared with 23,080 in 2003 - a total increase of 23%.

The growth in earnings was not met by the same rise in retail prices, which went up by 18%.

Wages rose by the most in Aberdeen and saw the slowest increase in Moray.

According to the figures, earnings in Aberdeen went from 25,455 five years ago to the national high of 35,959 in 2008 - an increase of 41%.

TOP TEN HIGHEST WAGES BY LOCAL AUTHORITY
Aberdeen City: 35,959
City of Edinburgh: 33,004
Shetland Islands: 29,219
Aberdeenshire: 29,048
North Lanarkshire: 28,901
East Lothian: 28,511
Glasgow City: 28,400
East Dunbartonshire: 27,903
West Lothian: 27,318
Orkney Islands: 27,309
Source: Bank of Scotland
Growth was slowest in Moray, where pay increased just 19%.

Bank of Scotland chief economist Martin Ellis said: "Average earnings in Scotland have risen by more than retail prices over the past five years, indicating an increase in living standards for the typical worker.

"The highest average earnings are for those working in Aberdeen City, where the average annual salary has risen by almost twice the Scottish average."

Workers in the Orkney Islands recorded the second highest growth (38%) followed by Aberdeenshire and North Ayrshire (both 32%).

Overall, Scotland saw the joint-second highest growth in average earnings in the whole of Britain, alongside the East Midlands.

The Bank of Scotland analysed official earnings data from the Office for National Statistics' Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings.

The data relates to all full-time employees on adult pay.

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