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Time to close Wolverhampton pay gap say Lib Dems

December 1, 2019 10:02 AM
By Nick Machnik-Foster

Time to close Wolverhampton pay gap say Lib Dems

Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats have said, if elected, they will fight 'tooth and nail' to close the pay gap in the city which is now over £6,000 per year.

Figures collated by the House of Commons Library shows that on average workers in Wolverhampton face a pay gap of up to £6,760 per year.

In Wolverhampton South East on average people are paid £450 a week, which is a £130 a week lower than the UK average.

Wolverhampton North East sees a pay gap of a £100 a month, meaning that over a year people are £5,200 worse off compared to the UK average.

Only in Wolverhampton South West we see wages the same as the UK average and £30 a week higher than the West Midlands average at £580 a week.

The party are proposing to launch an apprenticeship campaign to create a 1,000 apprenticeship places in just 100 days if elected.

Commenting, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Wolverhampton South West Bart Ricketts said:

"This election is critical for our city and vital that we elect an MP who fight for our city. I will fight tooth and nail to bring more jobs and more well paid jobs to our city.

"Why should people in Wolverhampton have to struggle from pay check to pay check with bills, mortgages and rents all piling up.

"I will, if elected, hold a round table with business leaders within a 100 days and create an action plan to create hundreds of new jobs and apprenticeships in the city."


Notes to editors - Median pay for full-time workers is the point at which half of full-time workers earn more and half less.

Estimates are for April 2019 and are for employee jobs only. Figures are rounded to the nearest £10 and are subject to some uncertainty, as they come from a survey which only includes a limited number of people in each local area.

Figures show median earnings for people living in the constituency (rather than people whose workplace is in the constituency) - some people may travel in or out of the constituency to work.

The data can be found here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/economy-business/work-incomes/constituency-data-wages/