Brits average savings, earnings and employment in 2020

The average weekly wage in the UK in 2020 is £536.17.

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They say that money makes the world go round, but just how much money are Brits making? We looked at the latest salary statistics to find out how our salaries have changed over the years and who is earning the most money.

Quick overivew

  • 76.6% of Brits of working age (16-64) are employed in 2020, an all time high.
  • The average weekly earnings of full-time employees in 2020 is £536.17.
  • This is 0.26% lower than the weekly wage in 2019.
  • Men reach their peak earnings at 40-49, whereas women reach their peak earnings at 30-39.
  • The gender pay gap among full-time employees was 8.9% in 2019. But for those under 40, it’s close to 0%.

Employment in the UK

The employment rate in the UK is the highest that it has been since 1971, with 76.6% of Brits of working age (16-64) currently employed, which is 0.5% more than it was this time last year. Unemployment is currently at 4%, which is slightly higher than it was this time last year (3.9%).

After a slump during the 2007/2008 financial crisis, the employment rate in the UK has been trending upwards ever since, now exceeding the 2007 employment rate. Each year, more men than women are employed in the UK. The latest figures show that 80.5% of males and 72.7% of women are employed in 2020.

Explore the graph and table below to see how the employment rate in the UK has changed from 1971 to the present day.

Date All (%) Men (%) Women (%)
Dec-Feb 2020 76.6 80.5 72.7
Nov-Jan 2020 76.5 80.5 72.5
Oct-Dec 2019 76.5 80.6 72.4
Sep-Nov 2019 76.3 80.4 72.3
Aug-Oct 2019 76.2 80.4 72
Jul-Sep 2019 76 80.3 71.8
Jun-Aug 2019 75.9 80.2 71.6
May-Jul 2019 76.1 80.2 72.1
Apr-Jun 2019 76.1 80.1 72.1
Mar-May 2019 76 80.2 72
Feb-Apr 2019 76.1 80.3 72
Jan-Mar 2019 76.1 80.3 71.8
Dec-Feb 2019 76.1 80.5 71.8
Nov-Jan 2019 76.1 80.5 71.8
Oct-Dec 2018 75.8 80.3 71.4
Sep-Nov 2018 75.8 80.3 71.3
Aug-Oct 2018 75.7 80.3 71.2
Jul-Sep 2018 75.6 80.1 71.1
Jun-Aug 2018 75.6 80.1 71
May-Jul 2018 75.5 80.1 71
Apr-Jun 2018 75.5 80.1 71
Mar-May 2018 75.6 80.1 71.2
Feb-Apr 2018 75.6 80 71.3
Jan-Mar 2018 75.6 80 71.2
Dec-Feb 2018 75.4 79.8 71
Nov-Jan 2018 75.3 79.8 70.9
Oct-Dec 2017 75.2 79.6 70.8
Sep-Nov 2017 75.3 79.9 70.8
Aug-Oct 2017 75.1 79.4 70.8
Jul-Sep 2017 75 79.4 70.6
Jun-Aug 2017 75.1 79.6 70.7
May-Jul 2017 75.3 79.7 70.9
Apr-Jun 2017 75.1 79.8 70.5
Mar-May 2017 74.9 79.5 70.4
Feb-Apr 2017 74.8 79.4 70.2
Jan-Mar 2017 74.8 79.4 70.2
Dec-Feb 2017 74.6 79.3 70
Nov-Jan 2017 74.5 79.3 69.8
Oct-Dec 2016 74.6 79.2 70
Sep-Nov 2016 74.4 79.1 69.8
Aug-Oct 2016 74.4 79.1 69.8
Jul-Sep 2016 74.4 79.2 69.7
Jun-Aug 2016 74.5 79.4 69.6
May-Jul 2016 74.5 79.3 69.8
Apr-Jun 2016 74.4 79.3 69.6
Mar-May 2016 74.4 79.2 69.6
Feb-Apr 2016 74.2 79.2 69.2
Jan-Mar 2016 74.1 79.2 69.2
Dec-Feb 2016 74.1 79.2 69.2
Nov-Jan 2016 74.1 79.1 69.1
Oct-Dec 2015 74.1 79.2 69.1
Sep-Nov 2015 74 79.1 69.1
Aug-Oct 2015 74 79.1 69
Jul-Sep 2015 73.8 78.7 69
Jun-Aug 2015 73.6 78.5 68.7
May-Jul 2015 73.5 78.3 68.7
Apr-Jun 2015 73.4 78.2 68.7
Mar-May 2015 73.3 78.1 68.6
Feb-Apr 2015 73.4 78.2 68.7
Jan-Mar 2015 73.4 78.4 68.6
Dec-Feb 2015 73.4 78.3 68.7
Nov-Jan 2015 73.3 78.1 68.6
Oct-Dec 2014 73.2 78 68.5
Sep-Nov 2014 73 77.8 68.2
Aug-Oct 2014 73 77.9 68.2
Jul-Sep 2014 73 78.1 68.1
Jun-Aug 2014 73 78 68.1
May-Jul 2014 72.8 77.7 67.9
Apr-Jun 2014 72.8 77.8 67.9
Mar-May 2014 72.9 77.9 68
Feb-Apr 2014 72.7 77.6 67.8
Jan-Mar 2014 72.5 77.4 67.6
Dec-Feb 2014 72.4 77.3 67.5
Nov-Jan 2014 72.1 77.1 67.2
Oct-Dec 2013 72 77 67.1
Sep-Nov 2013 72 77.1 67.1
Aug-Oct 2013 71.9 76.8 67
Jul-Sep 2013 71.7 76.7 66.7
Jun-Aug 2013 71.5 76.4 66.7
May-Jul 2013 71.5 76.3 66.7
Apr-Jun 2013 71.3 76.1 66.6
Mar-May 2013 71.2 76 66.5
Feb-Apr 2013 71.2 76 66.6
Jan-Mar 2013 71.2 76 66.5
Dec-Feb 2013 71.2 76 66.4
Nov-Jan 2013 71.4 76.3 66.5
Oct-Dec 2012 71.4 76.4 66.5
Sep-Nov 2012 71.3 76.4 66.3
Aug-Oct 2012 71.1 76.3 66
Jul-Sep 2012 71.1 76.3 66
Jun-Aug 2012 71.2 76.4 66.1
May-Jul 2012 71.1 76.2 66
Apr-Jun 2012 70.9 76.1 65.8
Mar-May 2012 70.7 75.8 65.6
Feb-Apr 2012 70.5 75.6 65.5
Jan-Mar 2012 70.5 75.6 65.4
Dec-Feb 2012 70.3 75.5 65.2
Nov-Jan 2012 70.2 75.2 65.3
Oct-Dec 2011 70.2 75.2 65.4
Sep-Nov 2011 70.1 75 65.4
Aug-Oct 2011 70.1 75 65.4
Jul-Sep 2011 70.1 74.9 65.3
Jun-Aug 2011 70.2 75.2 65.3
May-Jul 2011 70.2 75.2 65.3
Apr-Jun 2011 70.5 75.6 65.4
Mar-May 2011 70.5 75.7 65.4
Feb-Apr 2011 70.5 75.8 65.3
Jan-Mar 2011 70.5 75.7 65.5
Dec-Feb 2011 70.6 75.8 65.5
Nov-Jan 2011 70.5 75.7 65.3
Oct-Dec 2010 70.4 75.7 65.2
Sep-Nov 2010 70.3 75.5 65.2
Aug-Oct 2010 70.5 75.7 65.3
Jul-Sep 2010 70.7 75.9 65.6
Jun-Aug 2010 70.6 75.8 65.6
May-Jul 2010 70.6 75.7 65.6
Apr-Jun 2010 70.4 75.4 65.5
Mar-May 2010 70.4 75.3 65.5
Feb-Apr 2010 70.2 75 65.5
Jan-Mar 2010 70.2 74.9 65.6
Dec-Feb 2010 70.3 75 65.7
Nov-Jan 2010 70.4 75.1 65.8
Oct-Dec 2009 70.6 75.3 65.9
Sep-Nov 2009 70.6 75.4 65.9
Aug-Oct 2009 70.6 75.5 65.8
Jul-Sep 2009 70.6 75.5 65.8
Jun-Aug 2009 70.7 75.7 65.7
May-Jul 2009 70.6 75.8 65.6
Apr-Jun 2009 70.8 76 65.7
Mar-May 2009 71 76.4 65.8
Feb-Apr 2009 71.4 76.9 66
Jan-Mar 2009 71.7 77.3 66.2
Dec-Feb 2009 71.9 77.6 66.3
Nov-Jan 2009 72.2 77.9 66.6
Oct-Dec 2008 72.2 78 66.5
Sep-Nov 2008 72.3 78.1 66.6
Aug-Oct 2008 72.3 78.1 66.6
Jul-Sep 2008 72.4 78.3 66.7
Jun-Aug 2008 72.6 78.4 66.8
May-Jul 2008 72.8 78.7 66.9
Apr-Jun 2008 72.9 78.9 67
Mar-May 2008 73 79 67.1
Feb-Apr 2008 73 79.1 67
Jan-Mar 2008 73 79.1 67
Dec-Feb 2008 73 79.1 67
Nov-Jan 2008 72.9 79.1 66.9
Oct-Dec 2007 72.9 79.1 66.8
Sep-Nov 2007 72.8 79.1 66.7
Aug-Oct 2007 72.8 79 66.7
Jul-Sep 2007 72.7 78.9 66.6
Jun-Aug 2007 72.6 78.9 66.6
May-Jul 2007 72.6 78.8 66.5
Apr-Jun 2007 72.7 78.9 66.5
Mar-May 2007 72.7 79 66.5
Feb-Apr 2007 72.5 78.8 66.4
Jan-Mar 2007 72.5 78.7 66.4
Dec-Feb 2007 72.5 78.8 66.4
Nov-Jan 2007 72.6 78.9 66.5
Oct-Dec 2006 72.7 78.9 66.7
Sep-Nov 2006 72.7 78.9 66.7
Aug-Oct 2006 72.8 79 66.7
Jul-Sep 2006 72.8 79.1 66.7
Jun-Aug 2006 73 79.1 67.1
May-Jul 2006 72.9 79 66.9
Apr-Jun 2006 72.8 78.8 67
Mar-May 2006 72.8 78.8 66.9
Feb-Apr 2006 72.9 79 67
Jan-Mar 2006 72.9 78.8 67.1
Dec-Feb 2006 72.8 78.9 66.8
Nov-Jan 2006 72.8 79 66.7
Oct-Dec 2005 72.7 78.9 66.6
Sep-Nov 2005 72.8 78.9 66.7
Aug-Oct 2005 72.9 79 66.9
Jul-Sep 2005 73 79.2 67.1
Jun-Aug 2005 73 79.1 67.1
May-Jul 2005 73 79.1 66.9
Apr-Jun 2005 72.9 79.1 66.8
Mar-May 2005 72.9 79.1 66.8
Feb-Apr 2005 72.9 79.2 66.8
Jan-Mar 2005 73.1 79.4 66.9
Dec-Feb 2005 73.2 79.4 67.1
Nov-Jan 2005 73.1 79.4 66.9
Oct-Dec 2004 73 79.4 66.8
Sep-Nov 2004 73 79.4 66.8
Aug-Oct 2004 72.9 79.2 66.6
Jul-Sep 2004 72.9 79.3 66.6
Jun-Aug 2004 72.8 79.2 66.5
May-Jul 2004 72.8 79.2 66.5
Apr-Jun 2004 72.9 79.2 66.6
Mar-May 2004 72.9 79.4 66.6
Feb-Apr 2004 73 79.3 66.7
Jan-Mar 2004 73 79.4 66.8
Dec-Feb 2004 73 79.4 66.8
Nov-Jan 2004 73 79.3 66.8
Oct-Dec 2003 72.8 79 66.6
Sep-Nov 2003 72.8 79.1 66.6
Aug-Oct 2003 72.8 79.2 66.5
Jul-Sep 2003 72.8 79.3 66.4
Jun-Aug 2003 72.8 79.3 66.3
May-Jul 2003 72.8 79.4 66.4
Apr-Jun 2003 72.9 79.5 66.4
Mar-May 2003 72.8 79.3 66.4
Feb-Apr 2003 72.7 79.2 66.4
Jan-Mar 2003 72.7 79.1 66.4
Dec-Feb 2003 72.6 79.1 66.3
Nov-Jan 2003 72.8 79.4 66.3
Oct-Dec 2002 72.9 79.5 66.4
Sep-Nov 2002 72.8 79.2 66.4
Aug-Oct 2002 72.7 79.2 66.4
Jul-Sep 2002 72.6 78.8 66.4
Jun-Aug 2002 72.7 79 66.5
May-Jul 2002 72.6 78.9 66.3
Apr-Jun 2002 72.7 79 66.5
Mar-May 2002 72.6 79 66.4
Feb-Apr 2002 72.6 78.9 66.3
Jan-Mar 2002 72.5 78.9 66.1
Dec-Feb 2002 72.5 79 66.1
Nov-Jan 2002 72.5 79 66.1
Oct-Dec 2001 72.6 79.1 66.2
Sep-Nov 2001 72.6 79.2 66.2
Aug-Oct 2001 72.5 79.2 66
Jul-Sep 2001 72.5 79.2 65.9
Jun-Aug 2001 72.6 79.3 66
May-Jul 2001 72.6 79.2 66.1
Apr-Jun 2001 72.7 79.2 66.3
Mar-May 2001 72.7 79.5 66.1
Feb-Apr 2001 72.7 79.4 66.1
Jan-Mar 2001 72.6 79.5 65.9
Dec-Feb 2001 72.6 79.3 66.1
Nov-Jan 2001 72.7 79.4 66.1
Oct-Dec 2000 72.5 79.2 65.9
Sep-Nov 2000 72.4 79.1 65.9
Aug-Oct 2000 72.5 79.2 66
Jul-Sep 2000 72.6 79.3 66.1
Jun-Aug 2000 72.7 79.3 66.2
May-Jul 2000 72.6 79.3 66
Apr-Jun 2000 72.5 79.2 65.9
Mar-May 2000 72.4 79.3 65.7
Feb-Apr 2000 72.3 79.2 65.6
Jan-Mar 2000 72.3 79.1 65.6
Dec-Feb 2000 72.2 78.9 65.5
Nov-Jan 2000 72.2 79.1 65.5
Oct-Dec 1999 72.3 79.1 65.6
Sep-Nov 1999 72.2 79.1 65.5
Aug-Oct 1999 72.1 79 65.3
Jul-Sep 1999 72.1 78.9 65.4
Jun-Aug 1999 72 78.9 65.3
May-Jul 1999 71.9 78.8 65.2
Apr-Jun 1999 71.9 78.7 65.2
Mar-May 1999 71.8 78.6 65.1
Feb-Apr 1999 71.8 78.6 65.2
Jan-Mar 1999 71.9 78.6 65.2
Dec-Feb 1999 71.9 78.6 65.2
Nov-Jan 1999 71.9 78.5 65.3
Oct-Dec 1998 71.8 78.6 65.1
Sep-Nov 1998 71.8 78.6 65.1
Aug-Oct 1998 71.6 78.4 65
Jul-Sep 1998 71.6 78.5 64.8
Jun-Aug 1998 71.6 78.5 64.7
May-Jul 1998 71.4 78.4 64.6
Apr-Jun 1998 71.3 78.3 64.4
Mar-May 1998 71.3 78.3 64.4
Feb-Apr 1998 71.3 78.2 64.5
Jan-Mar 1998 71.3 78.3 64.4
Dec-Feb 1998 71.2 78.4 64.3
Nov-Jan 1998 71.2 78.3 64.2
Oct-Dec 1997 71.2 78.2 64.3
Sep-Nov 1997 71.2 78.1 64.3
Aug-Oct 1997 71.1 78.1 64.3
Jul-Sep 1997 71.1 77.9 64.3
Jun-Aug 1997 70.9 77.8 64.2
May-Jul 1997 70.9 77.7 64.3
Apr-Jun 1997 71 77.8 64.3
Mar-May 1997 70.9 77.7 64.2
Feb-Apr 1997 70.9 77.8 64.1
Jan-Mar 1997 70.8 77.6 64
Dec-Feb 1997 70.6 77.4 64
Nov-Jan 1997 70.5 77.2 63.8
Oct-Dec 1996 70.3 77 63.8
Sep-Nov 1996 70.3 77 63.7
Aug-Oct 1996 70.1 76.7 63.7
Jul-Sep 1996 70 76.7 63.5
Jun-Aug 1996 70 76.7 63.4
May-Jul 1996 69.9 76.6 63.3
Apr-Jun 1996 69.9 76.5 63.4
Mar-May 1996 69.9 76.6 63.4
Feb-Apr 1996 69.9 76.5 63.4
Jan-Mar 1996 69.9 76.5 63.4
Dec-Feb 1996 69.9 76.5 63.4
Nov-Jan 1996 70 76.6 63.5
Oct-Dec 1995 69.9 76.7 63.3
Sep-Nov 1995 69.7 76.5 63.1
Aug-Oct 1995 69.7 76.4 63
Jul-Sep 1995 69.6 76.4 62.9
Jun-Aug 1995 69.6 76.4 62.9
May-Jul 1995 69.5 76.3 62.8
Apr-Jun 1995 69.4 76.3 62.7
Mar-May 1995 69.4 76.3 62.5
Feb-Apr 1995 69.3 76.1 62.5
Jan-Mar 1995 69.2 76.1 62.5
Dec-Feb 1995 69.1 76 62.3
Nov-Jan 1994 69 76 62.1
Oct-Dec 1994 69.1 76 62.2
Sep-Nov 1994 69.1 76 62.2
Aug-Oct 1994 69 76 62.2
Jul-Sep 1994 69 75.9 62.3
Jun-Aug 1994 69 75.7 62.3
May-Jul 1994 69 75.7 62.4
Apr-Jun 1994 68.8 75.5 62.2
Mar-May 1994 68.8 75.5 62.2
Feb-Apr 1994 68.8 75.6 62.2
Jan-Mar 1994 68.7 75.5 62.1
Dec-Feb 1994 68.6 75.4 61.9
Nov-Jan 1993 68.5 75.1 61.9
Oct-Dec 1993 68.5 75.1 61.9
Sep-Nov 1993 68.5 75.2 61.9
Aug-Oct 1993 68.5 75.1 61.9
Jul-Sep 1993 68.5 75.1 62
Jun-Aug 1993 68.4 75.1 61.8
May-Jul 1993 68.4 75.1 61.8
Apr-Jun 1993 68.4 75.1 61.8
Mar-May 1993 68.4 75 61.8
Feb-Apr 1993 68.3 75 61.7
Jan-Mar 1993 68.4 75.2 61.6
Dec-Feb 1993 68.3 75.2 61.6
Nov-Jan 1993 68.4 75.3 61.7
Oct-Dec 1992 68.5 75.3 61.8
Sep-Nov 1992 68.7 75.6 61.8
Aug-Oct 1992 68.8 75.8 61.8
Jul-Sep 1992 68.9 76.1 61.8
Jun-Aug 1992 68.9 76.2 61.8
May-Jul 1992 69 76.3 61.7
Apr-Jun 1992 69.1 76.4 61.8
Mar-May 1992 69.2 76.5 62
Feb-Apr 1992 69.3 76.7 62
Jan-Mar 1992 69.4 76.9 62
Dec-Feb 1992 69.5 77.2 61.9
Nov-Jan 1992 69.6 77.3 62
Oct-Dec 1991 69.8 77.6 62.1
Sep-Nov 1991 69.9 77.8 62.1
Aug-Oct 1991 70.1 78.1 62.2
Jul-Sep 1991 70.3 78.4 62.3
Jun-Aug 1991 70.5 78.7 62.4
May-Jul 1991 70.7 79.1 62.5
Apr-Jun 1991 71 79.5 62.6
Mar-May 1991 71.2 79.9 62.7
Feb-Apr 1991 71.5 80.2 62.8
Jan-Mar 1991 71.7 80.5 62.9
Dec-Feb 1991 71.9 80.8 63.1
Nov-Jan 1991 72.1 81.1 63.2
Oct-Dec 1990 72.3 81.4 63.3
Sep-Nov 1990 72.4 81.7 63.3
Aug-Oct 1990 72.6 81.9 63.3
Jul-Sep 1990 72.7 82.1 63.4
Jun-Aug 1990 72.8 82.2 63.5
May-Jul 1990 72.8 82.3 63.5
Apr-Jun 1990 72.8 82.4 63.4
Mar-May 1990 72.8 82.4 63.3
Feb-Apr 1990 72.8 82.4 63.2
Jan-Mar 1990 72.8 82.4 63.2
Dec-Feb 1990 72.8 82.5 63.2
Nov-Jan 1990 72.8 82.5 63.2
Oct-Dec 1989 72.8 82.5 63.1
Sep-Nov 1989 72.7 82.5 63
Aug-Oct 1989 72.6 82.4 62.9
Jul-Sep 1989 72.6 82.4 62.8
Jun-Aug 1989 72.5 82.4 62.7
May-Jul 1989 72.5 82.3 62.7
Apr-Jun 1989 72.4 82.3 62.7
Mar-May 1989 72.4 82.2 62.7
Feb-Apr 1989 72.3 82.1 62.6
Jan-Mar 1989 72.1 81.9 62.4
Dec-Feb 1989 71.9 81.7 62.2
Nov-Jan 1989 71.7 81.5 62.1
Oct-Dec 1988 71.5 81.4 61.8
Sep-Nov 1988 71.4 81.2 61.7
Aug-Oct 1988 71.3 81.1 61.5
Jul-Sep 1988 71.1 81 61.3
Jun-Aug 1988 70.9 80.9 61.1
May-Jul 1988 70.8 80.8 60.9
Apr-Jun 1988 70.7 80.7 60.7
Mar-May 1988 70.5 80.6 60.6
Feb-Apr 1988 70.4 80.4 60.4
Jan-Mar 1988 70.2 80.3 60.3
Dec-Feb 1988 70 80 60.2
Nov-Jan 1988 69.9 79.8 60
Oct-Dec 1987 69.7 79.6 59.9
Sep-Nov 1987 69.5 79.4 59.6
Aug-Oct 1987 69.3 79.2 59.4
Jul-Sep 1987 69.1 79 59.3
Jun-Aug 1987 68.9 78.8 59.1
May-Jul 1987 68.7 78.6 58.9
Apr-Jun 1987 68.5 78.4 58.7
Mar-May 1987 68.3 78.2 58.5
Feb-Apr 1987 68.2 78 58.4
Jan-Mar 1987 68.1 77.9 58.3
Dec-Feb 1987 68 77.9 58.2
Nov-Jan 1987 68 77.9 58.2
Oct-Dec 1986 67.9 77.9 58.1
Sep-Nov 1986 67.9 77.9 58
Aug-Oct 1986 67.8 77.9 57.8
Jul-Sep 1986 67.8 77.9 57.7
Jun-Aug 1986 67.7 77.8 57.6
May-Jul 1986 67.6 77.8 57.5
Apr-Jun 1986 67.6 77.8 57.5
Mar-May 1986 67.6 77.9 57.4
Feb-Apr 1986 67.6 77.9 57.3
Jan-Mar 1986 67.6 78 57.2
Dec-Feb 1986 67.6 78 57.2
Nov-Jan 1986 67.5 78.1 57.1
Oct-Dec 1985 67.5 78.1 57
Sep-Nov 1985 67.5 78.2 57
Aug-Oct 1985 67.5 78.2 56.9
Jul-Sep 1985 67.5 78.2 56.8
Jun-Aug 1985 67.4 78.3 56.7
May-Jul 1985 67.4 78.3 56.6
Apr-Jun 1985 67.4 78.3 56.5
Mar-May 1985 67.3 78.4 56.4
Feb-Apr 1985 67.3 78.4 56.3
Jan-Mar 1985 67.3 78.4 56.2
Dec-Feb 1985 67.2 78.3 56.2
Nov-Jan 1985 67.1 78.3 56.1
Oct-Dec 1984 67.1 78.3 56
Sep-Nov 1984 67 78.3 55.8
Aug-Oct 1984 66.9 78.2 55.7
Jul-Sep 1984 66.8 78.2 55.6
Jun-Aug 1984 66.8 78.1 55.6
May-Jul 1984 66.7 78.1 55.5
Apr-Jun 1984 66.7 78.1 55.4
Mar-May 1984 66.6 78.1 55.3
Feb-Apr 1984 66.6 78 55.2
Jan-Mar 1984 66.5 78 55.1
Dec-Feb 1984 66.4 77.9 55.1
Nov-Jan 1984 66.4 77.9 55
Oct-Dec 1983 66.3 77.8 54.8
Sep-Nov 1983 66.2 77.8 54.7
Aug-Oct 1983 66 77.7 54.5
Jul-Sep 1983 65.9 77.6 54.3
Jun-Aug 1983 65.7 77.5 54.1
May-Jul 1983 65.6 77.4 54
Apr-Jun 1983 65.6 77.4 53.8
Mar-May 1983 65.6 77.5 53.8
Feb-Apr 1983 65.6 77.6 53.7
Jan-Mar 1983 65.7 77.8 53.8
Dec-Feb 1983 65.8 77.9 53.9
Nov-Jan 1983 65.9 78.1 54
Oct-Dec 1982 66.1 78.2 54.1
Sep-Nov 1982 66.3 78.5 54.2
Aug-Oct 1982 66.5 78.7 54.4
Jul-Sep 1982 66.6 78.9 54.5
Jun-Aug 1982 66.8 79.1 54.6
May-Jul 1982 66.9 79.3 54.7
Apr-Jun 1982 67.1 79.5 54.8
Mar-May 1982 67.2 79.7 54.9
Feb-Apr 1982 67.3 79.8 55
Jan-Mar 1982 67.4 79.9 55
Dec-Feb 1982 67.5 80 55.1
Nov-Jan 1982 67.6 80.2 55.2
Oct-Dec 1981 67.7 80.4 55.3
Sep-Nov 1981 67.9 80.6 55.3
Aug-Oct 1981 68.1 80.8 55.4
Jul-Sep 1981 68.2 81.1 55.5
Jun-Aug 1981 68.4 81.3 55.5
May-Jul 1981 68.5 81.5 55.6
Apr-Jun 1981 68.7 81.8 55.7
Mar-May 1981 68.9 82.1 55.8
Feb-Apr 1981 69.1 82.4 55.9
Jan-Mar 1981 69.3 82.7 56
Dec-Feb 1981 69.5 83 56.1
Nov-Jan 1981 69.7 83.4 56.2
Oct-Dec 1980 69.9 83.7 56.3
Sep-Nov 1980 70.2 84.1 56.4
Aug-Oct 1980 70.4 84.5 56.5
Jul-Sep 1980 70.7 84.9 56.6
Jun-Aug 1980 70.9 85.2 56.7
May-Jul 1980 71.1 85.5 56.8
Apr-Jun 1980 71.2 85.7 56.8
Mar-May 1980 71.3 86 56.8
Feb-Apr 1980 71.4 86.1 56.8
Jan-Mar 1980 71.5 86.3 56.9
Dec-Feb 1980 71.6 86.4 56.9
Nov-Jan 1980 71.7 86.6 56.9
Oct-Dec 1979 71.7 86.7 56.9
Sep-Nov 1979 71.8 86.9 56.8
Aug-Oct 1979 71.8 86.9 56.7
Jul-Sep 1979 71.8 87 56.7
Jun-Aug 1979 71.8 87.1 56.6
May-Jul 1979 71.8 87.1 56.6
Apr-Jun 1979 71.7 87.2 56.5
Mar-May 1979 71.7 87.2 56.4
Feb-Apr 1979 71.7 87.3 56.3
Jan-Mar 1979 71.8 87.3 56.3
Dec-Feb 1979 71.8 87.4 56.3
Nov-Jan 1979 71.8 87.4 56.3
Oct-Dec 1978 71.7 87.4 56.2
Sep-Nov 1978 71.6 87.4 56.1
Aug-Oct 1978 71.6 87.3 56
Jul-Sep 1978 71.5 87.3 55.9
Jun-Aug 1978 71.5 87.3 55.9
May-Jul 1978 71.5 87.4 55.8
Apr-Jun 1978 71.5 87.4 55.8
Mar-May 1978 71.5 87.5 55.8
Feb-Apr 1978 71.5 87.5 55.7
Jan-Mar 1978 71.5 87.6 55.6
Dec-Feb 1978 71.5 87.7 55.6
Nov-Jan 1978 71.5 87.7 55.5
Oct-Dec 1977 71.5 87.7 55.5
Sep-Nov 1977 71.5 87.8 55.5
Aug-Oct 1977 71.6 87.8 55.5
Jul-Sep 1977 71.6 87.9 55.4
Jun-Aug 1977 71.6 88 55.4
May-Jul 1977 71.6 88 55.4
Apr-Jun 1977 71.6 88.1 55.4
Mar-May 1977 71.7 88.2 55.4
Feb-Apr 1977 71.7 88.3 55.4
Jan-Mar 1977 71.8 88.3 55.4
Dec-Feb 1977 71.8 88.4 55.4
Nov-Jan 1977 71.8 88.5 55.3
Oct-Dec 1976 71.8 88.5 55.3
Sep-Nov 1976 71.8 88.5 55.3
Aug-Oct 1976 71.8 88.6 55.3
Jul-Sep 1976 71.9 88.6 55.3
Jun-Aug 1976 71.9 88.7 55.3
May-Jul 1976 71.9 88.8 55.3
Apr-Jun 1976 72 88.8 55.3
Mar-May 1976 72 88.9 55.3
Feb-Apr 1976 72 89 55.3
Jan-Mar 1976 72.1 89.1 55.4
Dec-Feb 1976 72.2 89.2 55.4
Nov-Jan 1976 72.3 89.3 55.4
Oct-Dec 1975 72.3 89.5 55.5
Sep-Nov 1975 72.4 89.6 55.5
Aug-Oct 1975 72.5 89.7 55.5
Jul-Sep 1975 72.6 89.8 55.6
Jun-Aug 1975 72.6 89.9 55.6
May-Jul 1975 72.7 90 55.6
Apr-Jun 1975 72.7 90.1 55.6
Mar-May 1975 72.7 90.1 55.6
Feb-Apr 1975 72.8 90.2 55.6
Jan-Mar 1975 72.9 90.4 55.6
Dec-Feb 1975 72.9 90.5 55.7
Nov-Jan 1975 73 90.6 55.7
Oct-Dec 1974 73.1 90.8 55.7
Sep-Nov 1974 73.1 90.8 55.7
Aug-Oct 1974 73.1 90.9 55.7
Jul-Sep 1974 73.1 90.9 55.6
Jun-Aug 1974 73.1 91 55.5
May-Jul 1974 73 90.9 55.4
Apr-Jun 1974 73 90.9 55.3
Mar-May 1974 72.9 90.9 55.2
Feb-Apr 1974 72.9 91 55.2
Jan-Mar 1974 72.9 91.1 55.1
Dec-Feb 1974 73 91.2 55.1
Nov-Jan 1974 73 91.3 55
Oct-Dec 1973 73 91.4 54.9
Sep-Nov 1973 73 91.5 54.9
Aug-Oct 1973 72.9 91.5 54.8
Jul-Sep 1973 72.9 91.6 54.7
Jun-Aug 1973 72.9 91.6 54.6
May-Jul 1973 72.9 91.7 54.5
Apr-Jun 1973 73 91.9 54.5
Mar-May 1973 73 91.9 54.5
Feb-Apr 1973 72.9 91.9 54.3
Jan-Mar 1973 72.8 91.8 54.2
Dec-Feb 1973 72.6 91.6 54
Nov-Jan 1973 72.4 91.4 53.8
Oct-Dec 1972 72.2 91.2 53.6
Sep-Nov 1972 72.1 91.2 53.5
Aug-Oct 1972 72 91.1 53.4
Jul-Sep 1972 72 91 53.3
Jun-Aug 1972 71.9 91 53.2
May-Jul 1972 71.9 91 53.2
Apr-Jun 1972 71.9 91.1 53.1
Mar-May 1972 71.9 91.1 53.1
Feb-Apr 1972 71.9 91.1 53
Jan-Mar 1972 71.8 91 52.9
Dec-Feb 1972 71.6 90.9 52.8
Nov-Jan 1972 71.5 90.8 52.7
Oct-Dec 1971 71.5 90.8 52.6
Sep-Nov 1971 71.5 90.8 52.6
Aug-Oct 1971 71.6 91 52.6
Jul-Sep 1971 71.7 91.2 52.7
Jun-Aug 1971 71.8 91.4 52.7
May-Jul 1971 71.9 91.6 52.7
Apr-Jun 1971 72 91.7 52.7
Mar-May 1971 72 91.8 52.7
Feb-Apr 1971 72.1 91.9 52.7
Jan-Mar 1971 72.2 92.1 52.8

Average earnings

The median full-time gross weekly earnings in the UK in 2020 is £536.17, which is 0.26% lower than it was in 2019. Full-time weekly earnings have been on the rise every year in the last decade, until this year when they fell by £1.41.

Explore the graphic and table below to see how the average earnings have changed since 2006.

Year Median full-time gross weekly earnings (£)
2020 536.17
2019 537.58
2018 519.58
2017 505.08
2016 493.42
2015 481.92
2014 470.67
2013 465.67
2012 460.58
2011 454.67
2010 444.42
2009 435.08
2008 435.33
2007 420.42
2006 401.00

The most well-paid sector

Where should you go if you want to make the big bucks?

The most well-paid sector in the UK is finance and business services, where the average yearly salary is £35,152. The second most well-paid sector is manufacturing, which can expect a salary of £30,836 per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those hired within the wholesaling, retailing, hotel and restaurant sector earn an average yearly salary of £18,096.

Sector Average weekly pay Average yearly pay
Finance and business services £676.00 £35,152.00
Manufacturing £593.00 £30,836.00
Construction £590.00 £30,680.00
Public sector £568.00 £29,536.00
Public sector excluding financial services £563.00 £29,276.00
Private sector £522.00 £27,144.00
Services £518.00 £26,936.00
Wholesaling, retailing, hotels & restaurants £348.00 £18,096.00

Are wages actually rising?

With the cost of living increasing due to inflation, are our wages actually increasing at a relative pace? When adjusted for inflation, wage growth in 2019 was only 0.9%, compared to 2018 when it was 1.2%. However, 7 out of the last 14 years have seen negative or no growth in wages relative to inflation, meaning that Brits were actually worse off in those years.

Year Wage growth (%)
2019 0.9
2018 1.2
2017 -0.5
2016 1.5
2015 1.4
2014 -1.5
2013 0
2012 -1.2
2011 -3.3
2010 -0.6
2009 -0.3
2008 1.6
2007 0.4
2006 1.3

Who earns the most?

Across every age range, men earn more money than women, and the age at which earnings peak is different for each gender. Median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees peak at age 40-49 for men (£708) and age 30-39 for women (£575).

Explore the graphic below to see how median full-time gross weekly earnings differ between age groups and genders.

Age Men Women
16 to 17 £193.70 £172.10
18 to 21 £345.00 £323.50
22 to 29 £495.40 £460.00
30 to 39 £630.20 £574.90
40 to 49 £707.70 £571.00
50 to 59 £667.40 £514.50
60 and over £579.90 £445.40

Gender pay gap

The gender pay gap examines the differences in pay between men and women in the UK. The gender pay gap is calculated as the difference between the average hourly earnings of men and women as a proportion of the average hourly earnings of men. The 8.9% pay gap for full-time employees in 2019 is 0.3% higher than it was in 2018, when it was the lowest it has been in the last 20 years. For all of the UK (full-time and part-time workers), the gender pay gap was 17.3% in 2019.

It’s not all bad though, looking at those under 40 years old, the gender pay gap is close to 0%.

Year All employment forms (%) Full-time employment (%) Part-time employment (%)
2019 17.3 8.9 -3.1
2018 17.8 8.6 -4.9
2017 18.4 9.1 -5.3
2016 18.2 9.4 -6.1
2015 19.3 9.6 -6.8
2014 19.2 9.6 -5.5
2013 19.8 10 -5.9
2012 19.6 9.5 -5.5
2011 20.2 10.5 -5.1
2010 19.8 10.1 -4.3
2009 22 12.2 -2.5
2008 22.5 12.6 -3.7
2007 21.9 12.5 -2.2
2006 22.2 12.8 -2.2
2005 22.6 13 -3
2004 24.7 14.5 -2.6
2003 25.1 14.6 -1.3
2002 26.9 15.5 -0.6
2001 26.3 16.4 -3.7
2000 26.7 16.3 -3.5
1999 26.9 16.4 -2.6
1998 27.3 17.4 -4
1997 27.5 17.4 0.6
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