Bracknell beats Wokingham in top wage listBy Lorna Catling
January 14, 2009
Full-time workers in Bracknell Forest earn the second highest average wage outside of London, according to new statistics.
The average for Bracknell workers is £44,249 annually, making them the second highest earners in the South East, say the figures released by trade union GMB.
And outside of London, the stats place Bracknell behind only Windsor and Maidenhead, where workers earn an annual average salary of £47,675, and ahead of Wokingham, which has an average salary at £43,360.
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Mary Flavelle, Federation of Small Businesses East Berkshire chairwoman, said: “It doesn’t surprise me at all.
“Bracknell has held up records for quite a number of years quite simply because there is a highly qualified workforce living in the area.
“Obviously they are employed by large companies who have stayed and not been enticed to cheaper places because they know they would lose that qualified workforce.
“It’s nice to know you can earn a decent wage in a little area like Bracknell without having to travel to London.”
The figures are based on average salaries in April 2008 but confidence from the union that they will remain as high is not strong.
Richard Ashcroft, GMB regional secretary for the South East, said: “Since these figures were taken up the credit crunch, which originated from excesses in the financial sector, has now given rise to a full-blown recession and the misery that that entails.
“We will see if the average pay holds up in 2009.”
Workers in the City of London topped the table for the highest average salary at a whopping £82,084 – a massive 262 per cent of the UK average salary of £31,323.
The lowest average salary, of £21,550, is earned by workers in Blaenau Gwent in Wales.