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Pay Down By 13.4% Since 2007

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Workers In Caring, Leisure And Service Occupations Carrying Heaviest Burden From Recession As Earnings In Real Terms Are Down By 15.4% From 2007

The Chancellor said that UK economy will be 12% bigger in 2020 so workers want to see that growth translating into pay rises above inflation to make up the lost ground says GMB.

The real value of earnings in 6 of the 9 main occupational groups has not recovered from the recession in 2008. Overall in 2007 average earnings for all employees were £30,015. In 2015 average earnings have increased by 12.2% to £33,689. During this period inflation has been 25.6%. This still leaves average earnings for all employees 13.4% below 2007 level.

The worst hit group has been workers in the caring, leisure and other service occupations group of jobs in the UK which is still 15.4% below its value in 2007.  Overall in 2007 earnings for this group were £16,455. In 2015 earnings have increased by 10.2% to £18,130. Details for all 6 major occupational groups are set out in the table below.

Jobs in this occupational group where a comparison can be made include ambulance staff (excluding paramedics) who have seen real value of earnings drop by 19.6%, childminders have seen a drop by 13.7%, hairdressers & barbers, 12.3%, caretakers 11.8%,beauticians 11.1%, residential wardens 8.3%, housekeepers, 7.7%, travel agents 4.6% and dental nurses 2.9%.

The next worst affected occupational group are the elementary occupations where the real value of earnings for full time workers is still 14% below its value in 2007.

Set out in notes to editors below are the details of 150 occupational groups where comparison can be made between 2007 and 2015 ranking them from the worst affected to those least affected. Jobs include industrial cleaning process occupations who have seen real value of earnings drop by 24.3%, elementary cleaning occupations (toilet attendants; chimney cleaner) have seen a drop by 18.8%, elementary sales occupations (home shopper, retail order picker, retail trolley assistant) 18.5%, bar staff, 15.8%, kitchen and catering assistants, 15.2%, cleaners, domestics, 12.9%, hospital porters, 11.8%, refuse and salvage occupations, 10.2%, postal workers, mail sorters, messengers, couriers, 9.5%, packers, bottlers, canners, fillers, 8.6%, shelf fillers, 8.5%, farm workers, 8.2%, launderers, dry cleaners, pressers, 8.1%, window cleaners, 6.6% and forestry workers, 2.7%.

This data is from a new analysis by GMB of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) 2015 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) compared with comparable data from 2007. Set out in the table below is the comparable data available for 6 of the main occupational groups. Inflation has been 25.6% between April 2007 and April 2015. Set out in Notes to Editors are sources and definitions.

 

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2007-2015

 

 

 

 

 

Mean Full-time

 

 

 

2007      

2015      

% change taking
inflation into
account (25.6%)

All employees

30,015

33,689

-13.4

6

Caring, leisure and other service occupations

16,455

18,130

-15.4

9

Elementary occupations

17,287

19,287

-14.0

8

Process, plant and machine operatives

21,799

25,056

-10.7

5

Skilled trades occupations

23,589

27,386

-9.5

4

Administrative and secretarial occupations

19,555

23,983

-3.0

7

Sales and customer service occupations

15,808

19,480

-2.4

Tim Roach, GMB General Secretary said “While we have seen a growth in the number of workers as the population has grown average pay has simply not kept pace with inflation.

Since 2007 the cumulative inflation rate has been 25.6%. During this period pay in the UK has gone up by 12.2% which has left the pay of the average full time worker in the UK down by 13.4% in real terms. Some occupations have been worse hit than others and most have a long way to go to get back to the level where they were before the recession.

This has had a deflationary impact on the economy and has also impacted on the tax take by the Chancellor to pay for essential public services.

In the autumn statement the Chancellor predicted that the economy would grow steadily each year to 2020 when it would be 12% bigger than now. Workers in the UK will want to see that growth translating into pay rises above inflation to make up the lost ground.”

End

Contact: Kamaljeet Jandu, GMB National Equality & Diversity Officer on 07956 237178 or Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary on 07860 606137 or Gary Doolan, GMB National Political Officer on 07852 182358 or GMB press Office 07921 289880 or 07974 251823.

Notes to editors

1) Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics
2) The figures are annual Mean salary for all Full-time employees
3) % change figures take into account an inflation rate of 25.6% from April 2007 to April 2015.
4) It is not possible to use the figures for the following occupations due to changes in the Standard Industrial Classifications from 2000 to 2010: 1 Digit Occupations: Managers, directors and senior officials; Professional occupations; Associate professional and technical occupations. 2 digit Occupations: Corporate managers and directors; Other managers and proprietors; Health professionals; Health and social care associate professionals
5) The most significant areas of change between the 2000 and 2010 Classification have been  to introduce a stricter definition of managers and the reallocation of most nursing occupations from Major Group 3 (Associate professional and technical) to Major Group 2 (Professional Occupations). Therefore, the number of managers included in 2007 will be much higher than those in 2015. Many supervisory roles who had ‘manager’ as a job title will have been moved to other classifications.
6) The 2007 ASHE data uses Standard Occupational Classification 2000 and the 2015 data uses Standard Occupational Classification 2010.


The annual average earnings of full time workers in 150 occupations in the UK are down in real terms between April 2007 and April  2015 as a consequence of the recession and the inflation experienced during the recovery.  

Of the 150 occupations that have seen a real drop in earnings, 127 of those are from occupations earning below average earnings.
 

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2007-2015

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2007      

2015      

% change taking
inflation into
account (25.6%)

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All employees

30,015

33,689

-13.4

8

Energy plant operatives

37,255

30,097

-44.8

3

Finance and investment analysts/advisers

50,228

45,548

-34.9

3

Conservation and environmental protection officers

26,977

24,997

-32.9

3

Artists

31,312

29,374

-31.8

3

Estate agents, auctioneers

29,901

28,667

-29.7

8

Coal mine operatives

35,980

34,754

-29

8

Paper and wood machine operatives

21,666

21,246

-27.5

5

Moulders, core makers, die casters

24,119

24,089

-25.7

2

Psychologists

40,615

40,812

-25.1

1

Hairdressing and beauty salon managers and proprietors

22,469

22,715

-24.5

9

Industrial cleaning process occupations

18,138

18,378

-24.3

8

Metal working machine operatives

22,317

22,696

-23.9

8

Food, drink and tobacco process operatives

18,950

19,278

-23.9

3

Product, clothing and related designers

30,001

30,649

-23.4

2

Medical practitioners

78,580

80,628

-23

3

Financial and accounting technicians

48,027

49,266

-23

3

Legal associate professionals

31,014

31,864

-22.9

2

Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors

34,260

35,275

-22.6

3

IT operations technicians

31,374

32,310

-22.6

5

Printers

26,393

27,187

-22.6

3

Paramedics

37,200

38,401

-22.4

3

Electrical/electronics technicians

29,151

30,171

-22.1

3

Laboratory technicians

23,245

24,420

-20.6

8

Scaffolders, stagers, riggers

29,083

30,626

-20.3

3

Careers advisers and vocational guidance specialists

26,273

27,690

-20.2

5

Plasterers

21,874

23,135

-19.8

7

Telephone salespersons

19,069

20,187

-19.7

5

Glass and ceramics makers, decorators and finishers

20,672

21,916

-19.6

6

Ambulance staff (excluding paramedics)

23,048

24,430

-19.6

8

Weighers, graders, sorters

17,449

18,504

-19.6

2

Primary and nursery education teaching professionals

31,613

33,596

-19.3

3

Buyers and procurement officers

31,327

33,351

-19.1

9

Elementary cleaning occupations n.e.c.

18,094

19,318

-18.8

9

Elementary sales occupations n.e.c.

14,860

15,909

-18.5

3

Marketing associate professionals

28,980

31,102

-18.3

5

Bricklayers, masons

23,680

25,437

-18.2

8

Chemical and related process operatives

26,829

28,842

-18.1

2

Special needs education teaching professionals

32,961

35,530

-17.8

5

Steel erectors

26,268

28,324

-17.8

8

Metal making and treating process operatives

24,823

26,772

-17.8

2

Chartered and certified accountants

39,755

42,887

-17.7

2

Secondary education teaching professionals

34,398

37,240

-17.3

2

Speech and language therapists

31,858

34,512

-17.3

5

Glaziers, window fabricators and fitters

19,558

21,199

-17.2

3

Police officers (sergeant and below)

37,019

40,258

-16.9

5

Tool makers, tool fitters and markers-out

25,222

27,527

-16.5

2

Architects

40,896

44,883

-15.9

5

Upholsterers

18,899

20,752

-15.8

9

Bar staff

12,132

13,317

-15.8

7

Roundspersons and van salespersons

20,696

22,764

-15.6

9

Kitchen and catering assistants

12,783

14,112

-15.2

2

Further education teaching professionals

32,653

36,070

-15.1

5

Painters and decorators

21,515

23,766

-15.1

7

Merchandisers and window dressers

21,333

23,574

-15.1

5

Plumbers, heating and ventilating engineers

25,968

28,756

-14.9

2

Biological scientists and biochemists

37,287

41,415

-14.5

5

Butchers

17,490

19,450

-14.4

7

Collector salespersons and credit agents

20,867

23,212

-14.4

5

Horticultural trades

17,549

19,539

-14.3

2

Social workers

28,973

32,296

-14.1

5

Carpenters and joiners

23,178

25,868

-14

6

Childminders and related occupations

17,190

19,235

-13.7

2

Design and development engineers

36,649

41,132

-13.4

3

Draughtspersons

27,549

30,969

-13.2

2

Occupational therapists

27,447

30,888

-13.1

3

IT user support technicians

27,108

30,495

-13.1

2

Medical radiographers

32,374

36,479

-12.9

9

Cleaners, domestics

13,427

15,134

-12.9

4

Legal secretaries

19,757

22,322

-12.6

5

Roofers, roof tilers and slaters

21,273

24,037

-12.6

6

Hairdressers, barbers

13,064

14,808

-12.3

6

Caretakers

17,931

20,400

-11.8

8

Sewing machinists

14,423

16,414

-11.8

9

Hospital porters

17,383

19,786

-11.8

1

Senior police officers

54,120

61,774

-11.5

8

Air transport operatives

23,917

27,280

-11.5

2

Veterinarians

36,641

41,852

-11.4

3

Building and civil engineering technicians

26,612

30,396

-11.4

7

Debt, rent and other cash collectors

16,950

19,364

-11.4

3

Prison service officers (below principal officer)

25,026

28,636

-11.2

5

Metal working production and maintenance fitters

26,962

30,860

-11.2

2

Midwives

30,890

35,358

-11.1

6

Beauticians and related occupations

15,298

17,514

-11.1

2

Librarians

25,318

29,028

-11

3

Youth and community workers

22,484

25,845

-10.7

3

Graphic designers

23,476

27,005

-10.6

2

Clergy

22,565

25,966

-10.5

3

Science and engineering technicians n.e.c.

24,383

28,097

-10.4

8

Van drivers

18,684

21,556

-10.2

9

Refuse and salvage occupations

17,734

20,470

-10.2

8

Glass and ceramics process operatives

21,308

24,634

-10

4

Receptionists

15,000

17,361

-9.9

8

Road construction operatives

22,996

26,634

-9.8

3

Medical and dental technicians

25,774

29,876

-9.7

2

Nurses

27,205

31,568

-9.6

9

Postal workers, mail sorters, messengers, couriers

21,963

25,497

-9.5

8

Driving instructors

27,884

32,396

-9.4

2

Quantity surveyors

36,150

42,044

-9.3

5

Metal machining setters and setter-operators

23,980

27,899

-9.3

5

Precision instrument makers and repairers

25,350

29,542

-9.1

8

Tyre, exhaust and windscreen fitters

17,451

20,340

-9.1

2

Electrical engineers

39,064

45,571

-9

8

Routine inspectors and testers

21,097

24,626

-8.9

3

Ship and hovercraft officers

32,885

38,409

-8.8

8

Rail construction and maintenance operatives

29,977

35,016

-8.8

3

Sports coaches, instructors and officials

20,855

24,387

-8.7

5

Bakers and flour confectioners

16,284

19,050

-8.6

8

Fork-lift truck drivers

19,178

22,436

-8.6

9

Packers, bottlers, canners, fillers

15,925

18,631

-8.6

2

Electronics engineers

39,854

46,685

-8.5

9

Shelf fillers

14,027

16,425

-8.5

6

Houseparents and residential wardens

19,051

22,344

-8.3

9

Farm workers

17,876

20,979

-8.2

9

Launderers, dry cleaners, pressers

12,565

14,767

-8.1

2

Probation officers

27,232

32,018

-8

2

Mechanical engineers

38,588

45,429

-7.9

2

Higher education teaching professionals

42,566

50,175

-7.7

6

Housekeepers and related occupations

15,347

18,091

-7.7

8

Rubber process operatives

23,346

27,523

-7.7

8

Bus and coach drivers

21,541

25,418

-7.6

2

Production and process engineers

33,686

39,770

-7.5

4

Credit controllers

20,400

24,084

-7.5

1

Leisure and sports managers

28,570

33,764

-7.4

4

Medical secretaries

18,192

21,511

-7.4

5

Vehicle body builders and repairers

22,361

26,447

-7.3

8

Electroplaters

20,281

23,994

-7.3

9

Window cleaners

15,464

18,409

-6.6

7

Sales and retail assistants

14,345

17,090

-6.5

2

Civil engineers

35,843

42,788

-6.2

5

Welding trades

23,406

27,994

-6

3

Engineering technicians

30,135

36,066

-5.9

4

Personal assistants and other secretaries

22,541

26,990

-5.9

7

Retail cashiers and check-out operators

12,344

14,801

-5.7

8

Assemblers and routine operatives n.e.c.

17,812

21,507

-4.9

6

Travel agents

17,708

21,424

-4.6

3

Estimators, valuers and assessors

30,083

36,476

-4.4

8

Crane drivers

28,926

35,057

-4.4

8

Textile process operatives

17,438

21,195

-4.1

3

Quality assurance technicians

23,510

28,682

-3.6

8

Water and sewerage plant operatives

25,621

31,329

-3.3

6

Dental nurses

14,926

18,313

-2.9

3

Dispensing opticians

23,361

28,706

-2.7

9

Forestry workers

18,526

22,770

-2.7

4

Library clerks and assistants

16,800

20,729

-2.2

5

Weavers and knitters

17,405

21,485

-2.2

5

Fishmongers and poultry dressers

14,188

17,526

-2.1

3

Insurance underwriters

36,637

45,401

-1.7

2

Physiotherapists

27,939

34,647

-1.6

5

Pipe fitters

30,928

38,408

-1.4

5

Sheet metal workers

21,527

26,905

-0.6

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