Northamptonshire among worst hit by fall in real wages, says GMB

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Northamptonshire is among the worst-hit areas in terms of a fall in real wages since the start of the recession, according to one of Britain’s largest trade unions.

The GMB says the real value of average earnings of county employees has fallen by 19.9 per cent since April 2008. The study is based on average wage rises compared with a hike in inflation in the five and a half years since.

The Northamptonshire fall is the biggest of all the local government areas in the East Midlands. The average for the whole region was 14.4 per cent.

For the United Kingdom as a whole the drop in the real value of average earnings of all employees between April 2008 and November 2013 was 13.8 per cent.

London was the UK region with the highest drop in the real value of earnings, the GMB said.

Andy Worth, GMB regional secretary for the East Midlands, said: “These alarming figures show how hard-pressed working people across the UK are struggling to pay their bills after years of wage decline and attacks on the living standards of families throughout the land.

“Working people deserve and need a decent pay rise to halt the drop in living standards.”