The figures in this factsheet are based upon the median earnings in pounds for people employed (workplace based) in the area who are on adult rates of pay and whose pay was not affected by absence. Figures for earnings come from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE). The ASHE is based on a 1 per cent sample of employees, information on whose earnings and hours is obtained from employers. The survey does not cover the self-employed.

Average Earnings are calculated as nominal unadjusted average weekly earnings, divided by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The data series is calculated for regular and total pay at the whole economy level and then seasonally adjusted.

Key Messages:

  • Total annual pay in County Durham increased by 21.1% between 2010 and 2020, rising to £23,877. This is lower than the increases seen across the region (22.9%), but higher than that nationally (20.8%). Gross annual pay in County Durham was 8.4% lower than in England which was £26,055 in 2020,
  • Full-time annual pay in County Durham increased by 23.2% between 2010 and 2020, rising to £28,002. This is higher than the increase seen across the region (20.6%), and that nationally (20.9%). Gross full-time annual pay in County Durham was 11.8% lower than in England which was £31,766 in 2020,
  • Part-time annual pay in County Durham increased by 38.2% between 2010 and 2020, rising to £11,585. This is higher than the increase seen across the region (37.0%), and that nationally (30.6%). Gross part-time annual pay in County Durham was 3.7% higher than in England which was £11,173 in 2020,
  • Male annual pay in County Durham increased by 27.5% between 2010 and 2020, rising to £29,514. This is higher than the increases seen across the region (19.3%) and that nationally (19.0%). Male annual pay in County Durham was 7.2% lower than in England which was £31,813 in 2020,
  • Female annual pay in County Durham increased by 15.7% between 2010 and 2020, rising to £18,881. This is lower than the increases seen across the region (25.5%) and that nationally (24.8%). Female annual pay in County Durham was 8.0% lower than in England which was £20,512 in 2020,
  • It is estimated that around one in five male jobs (20.9%) pays less than the living wage hourly rate of £9.30 in County Durham compared to around one in six in England (16.4%). (ONS bespoke research commissioned by the Living Wage Foundation.),
  • It is estimated that nearly one in three female jobs (31.3%) pays less than the living wage hourly rate of £9.30 in County Durham compared to around one in four in England (24.4%). (ONS bespoke research commissioned by the Living Wage Foundation.)

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