The most recent ONS figures have been launched because the cost-of-living disaster begins to chunk and so they present actual wages proceed to fall throughout the UK.
The figures present median pay in Telford and Wrekin was £2,014 monthly in August – up from £1,854 a 12 months earlier than, an increase of 8.6 per cent within the final 12 months. In Shropshire the determine was £1, 947, an increase within the final 12 months of seven per cent.
However in Powys, common wages rose lower than 5 per cent, with the median pay £1,848, up from £1,774 in 2021.
Nationally, median month-to-month wages have risen by 6.5 per-cent within the final 12 months to £2,111 in August, however this nonetheless represents a real-terms pay minimize due to hovering inflation.
The Commerce Union Congress mentioned the brand new Prime Minister Liz Truss “should get pay rising” forward of a tough winter, with many households fearful how they may make ends meet.
Additional ONS figures present real-terms pay excluding bonuses – taking inflation into consideration – fell by 2.8 per cent 12 months on 12 months between Might and July throughout the nation, among the many largest drop seen since information started in 2011.
TUC normal secretary Frances O’Grady mentioned: “Each employee deserves a good way of life, and because the cost-of-living disaster intensifies, thousands and thousands of households don’t understand how they may make ends meet this winter.”
Ms O’Grady urged Mrs Truss to extend pay packets, together with boosting the minimal wage, giving public sector staff a “first rate pay rise” and permitting unions to barter higher compensation for working individuals.
Greg Thwaites, analysis director of assume tank Decision Basis, mentioned the one “chink of sunshine” is the slight fall in inflation – which remains to be near a 40-year excessive however eased barely to 9.9 per cent in August from 10.1 per cent the month earlier than.
It means pay packets may not shrink any sooner, although they won’t develop within the subsequent 12 months, he mentioned.
Unemployment amongst 16 to 64-year-olds additionally continued to fall nationally 12 months on 12 months, reaching its lowest level since 1974 at 3.7 per cent within the three months to July, separate ONS statistics define.
Mr Thwaites mentioned: “As a substitute of the cost-of-living disaster tempting individuals again into work, extra persons are exiting the roles market altogether, primarily on account of poor well being causes”.