New figures show men paid thousands more than women in Cornwall

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New figures show that men are paid thousands of pounds more than women in Cornwall on average. Data analysing full-time wages across the UK revealed some astonishing insights into the finances of residents of our fair county.

The average wage of full-time workers in Cornwall is £31,737, which is £3,226 lower than the nationwide median of £34,963. This is much lower than some areas, including London (£44,370) and Three Rivers in Hertfordshire (£46,232), but higher than areas including Oadby and Wigston in Leicestershire (£24,337).

But shockingly, the median annual wage for men is £33,141 compared to £28,105 for women - a staggering £5,036 difference. Check out the figures for other areas of the UK on our interactive map below.

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

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data comes from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, based on a one per cent 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.

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).

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