Issue date
26 Oct 2018
New figures published today (Thursday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that workers in the North West are still £30 a week worse off than a decade ago.

The ONS figures show that for the year to April 2018 real wages in the North West were 5.7% below their 2008 level.

TUC Regional Secretary Lynn Collins said:

“Pay packets in the North West are still worth less than a decade ago.

“If the age of austerity is really over the government must get wages rising faster.

“Next week’s Budget must give all public servants the pay rise they have earned. And the government must give unions the right to organise in more workplaces.”

- UK regional and national changes to average weekly earnings from 2008 to 2018

Change from 2008 to 2018 in £ per week

Change from 2008 to 2018 in %

North East



North West



Yorks & Humber



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Northern Ireland






- The calculations are based on median weekly earnings for full-time employees, from table 23 in the ASHE 2008 and 2018 datasets. Price effects removed using the CPI measure of annual inflation for April. CPI was the government’s preferred measure of inflation until 2017. The treatment of housing costs in CPIH changed significantly in 2014, so it can-not be used when looking at earlier years.