Upper Bann pay packets among lowest in Province

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Pay packets in the Upper Bann constituency remain amongst the lowest in Northern Ireland, according to a report.

Latest figures show that in April 2015 the median (midpoint) gross weekly earnings for full time employees were £451, this compares to the Province wide figure of £485.

While the Upper Bann total has increased by 0.2 per cent in the past year, it falls some way short of the overall increase in Northern Ireland, 5.4%.

Figures revealed that the median gross weekly earnings for a male in Upper Bann were £454, almost £45 lower that the NI median gross weekly earnings of £498.

Full time female workers also fall short compared to other parts of Northern Ireland with the Upper Bann figure £427 in comparison to £460.

Overall, the median gross weekly earnings in Upper Bann were £360, a slight increase on the previous year but £22 less than the Northern Ireland average.

In the UK, median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees were £528, an increase of 1.8% since 2014 (£518). At 92%, the ratio of NI/UK full-time weekly earnings is the highest since the Annual Survey of Hours and earnings (ASHE) time series began in 1997.

The increase in median gross weekly earnings was more marked in the private than in the public sector. The full-time median gross weekly earnings in the private sector increased by 6.7% to £429, compared to a 1.6% increase in the public sector, to £577. This is the largest annual increase in private sector earnings since 2006. However, NI private sector full-time weekly earnings were 86% of those in the UK.

Those in the lowest 25% of the full-time weekly earnings distribution experienced a larger increase (6.4%) than those in the highest 25% (2.2%).

Enterprise Minister, Jonathan Bell said, “The increase in earnings for employees in Northern Ireland is welcome news, particularly in these difficult economic times.”