Coventry has highest wages in region as map shows huge difference in pay for men and women

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Full-time workers in Coventry earn more on average than those working elsewhere in the region. Wages in Coventry stand at an average of £798 per week for a full-time employee, or £39,491 per year.

That's almost £10,000 more on an annual salary than neighbouring Nuneaton and Bedworth which has the lowest average wages in the Coventry and Warwickshire area. Here, workers take home £596 a week, or £29,796 per year.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data comes from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, based on a 1% sample of full-time jobs taken from HM Revenue and Customs’ Pay As You Earn (PAYE) records. It illustrates huge differences between the wages of people living in the UK’s best and least-paid council areas.

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You can see how your area fares in our interactive map below. The figures also showed disparities between the average wages for men and women in each area.

In Coventry men earn around £6,000 more per year than women, with men's average wage standing at £40,741 while women take home just £34,804.

Warwick had the greatest disparity in our area, with men earning 25 per cent more than women on average. The median wage for men is £41,063 while women take home an average of £30,640.

Nuneaton and Bedworth wasn't far behind with a 24 per cent difference between wages for men and women. View the data for your area here:

Last year in the UK the median annual full-time wage rose by 5.8% to £34,963, while the median weekly salary increased by 6.2% to £681. But wages are much higher in some parts of the country than others.

Median annual pay is higher in Scotland (£35,518) than it is in England (£35,106), Northern Ireland (£32,879) or Wales (£32,371). Among English regions, there is a distinct North-South divide with workers in London earning the highest annual pay packet (£44,370), followed by the South East (£34,963), and East of England (£34,833).

The lowest wages are in the North East (£31,200), followed by the East Midlands (£31,634), and then Yorkshire and the Humber (£31,920). Discounting the City of London banking district - which is only home to a small number of people who mainly work in highly paid jobs within the finance industry - workers living in the London borough of Tower Hamlets earn the most money.

The median annual pay in Tower Hamlets is £61,984 and the median weekly pay £1,120. However, many people living and working in London receive a higher wage due to the increased costs of living in the capital.

Outside London, workers living in affluent Three Rivers in Hertfordshire earned the highest annual median wage of £46,232, followed by residents of the remote Shetland Islands to the north of Scotland (£44,052), and then Ribble Valley in Lancashire (£41,874) - which is by far the highest paid council area in the North of England.

At the end of the spectrum workers in Oadby and Wigston, Leicestershire take home a median wage of just £24,337 annually or £470 per week, the lowest in the UK. Next is Burnley in Lancashire (£28,173 annually) and then Merthyr Tydfil in Wales (£27,852) and Torbay in Devon (£27,116).

The ONS data shows the median and mean salaries of full-time workers who live in each part of the country. The ONS believes median pay - the amount which 50% of jobs fall below - is a more accurate measure of average earnings than taking the mean amount, which can be skewed by a small number of very high-paid jobs.

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