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Change in low and high pay

Key points

  • Pay inequalities have not changed in five years in London, but in most of the rest of the country they have fallen.
  • In real terms, pay at both the top and the bottom have fallen in London by roughly 10% since 2009.

Change in pay at the 90th and 10th percentile points

What does the graph show?

This graph shows the change in real terms (i.e. after inflation) of earnings at the 10th and 90th percentile for each English region between 2009 and 2014.

In real terms, pay at both the top and the bottom have fallen in London by the same proportion since 2009, meaning the 90:10 ratio is the same as it was five years ago. The graph shows that in all regions except London and the North East, high pay fell further than low pay. In London, they both fell by roughly 10%, with low pay falling more than in any other region. So pay inequalities have not changed in five years in London, but in most of the rest of the country they have fallen.

Data used

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, ONS

Indicator last updated: 15 October 2015