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From house prices to pints: The price hikes that have thrashed average salary growth over the past 30 years

  • House prices have increased more than 2.5 times the rate of annual salaries over the last 30 years, growing 438% compared to just 160%
  • Petrol, stamps and pints have also comfortably beaten average salary growth since 1992
  • Annual salaries were found to have one of the lowest growth rates of all items over the last year, growing just 4% in 2022
  • Electricity prices have risen 9 times more than average salary growth this year & petrol prices 7 times
  • 8th September, 2022, LONDON –

    With the impact of the cost of living crisis becoming ever more apparent, new research from personal finance comparison site investigates how the prices of common commodities in the UK have changed over the last 30 years, with many sitting above the growth in average salaries and inflation.

    The historical data revealed that since 1992, house prices have risen by a whopping 438%, which is over 4.5 times the rate of inflation (93%) and 2.5 times larger than the growth in average salaries (160%). Rental prices have increased by a comparatively small rate of 142% in the last 30 years.

    Not only have house prices soared, but the cost of everyday items are also sitting far higher than inflation and annual salaries. Petrol prices have surged by 338% and stamps are 296% more expensive than they were back in 1992.

    The cost of a pint of beer has also risen faster than average salaries have grown, with a growth in price of 181%. Separate research from found that the average price of a pint in the UK is now £4.19 and Londoners face paying £5.99.

    Growing costs of everyday items are dwarfing annual salary increases in 2022

    Price changes within the last year were also calculated as part of the study. Inflation is currently at its highest point in the past 30 years with the majority of common items in the UK soaring in price this year. Many outstrip the current inflation rate (8%) and almost all outstrip the growth in average salaries in 2022 (4%).

    The commodity which grew the most in price over the last year was electricity, growing by a huge 39% since 2021, over 9 times salary growth. This was closely followed by the price of petrol which grew by 30% over the last year – 7 times above salary growth. Even the cost of milk has risen by 20%.

    The only thing in the study that didn’t see more growth than the average salary was rent, which has also increased by an average of 4% in 2022.

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    Commenting on the findings, Michelle Stevens, banking, finances and mortgages specialist at said:

    “It’s clear from this data that the UK is experiencing extremely tough times when it comes to our personal finances, and the worry is that many Brits will not have sufficient funds to cope with further price increases.

    “The significant increase in house prices compared with a minimal rise in annual salaries is indicative of a property market which could be set to unravel, with many first-time buyers choosing to wait on the sidelines as the economy looks set to enter a recession.

    “On the other hand, the comparatively smaller increase in rental prices, which also matches the growth in average annual salary, means that it could make more financial sense in the current market to rent rather than purchase. The situation is only exacerbated further by the increasing cost of everyday items making it harder for British households to put any money aside to save month-on-month.

    “It’s now more important than ever for households to make those small changes which can help stretch their salaries further. Here are a few steps we recommend taking:

    Reconsider your existing subscriptions

    “It’s worth taking an inventory of any existing subscriptions you might be paying for each month, and consider whether or not you really need them. If you do have multiple subscriptions these costs can really add up, and just cutting back on one or two could save you a significant amount over time. In fact, our recent research found that 1 in 5 Brits would cancel their TV/film subscriptions in order to save some extra money.

    Set yourself a realistic budget

    “There are now multiple finance apps available which can analyse your current expenditure, and help create realistic budgets to assist in saving. Making these small changes to your spending habits is a really effective way to put more money aside each month.

    Renegotiate with your current service providers

    “Do your research, and see what alternative suppliers are offering for the services you currently use. You’ll often find that rates will go up if you’re an existing customer for too long, and new providers will have much more competitive offers. Make sure you call your current provider and try haggling for a better rate. If they won’t offer you a better deal, make the switch.”


    Using data from the below sources, Finder worked out the percentage increases in the prices of several common items and compared them to the inflation rate over time. Data sources: Land Registry, ONS, Royal Mail and House of Commons Library


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