Wednesday 25 August 2021 / 10:30 PM Angela Rayner / Economy / Employment

Years of falling wages under the Conservatives leaves workers over £1,000 worse off

Official government data from the Office for National Statistics shows that the average worker has suffered a pay cut of £1,000 in real terms since the Conservatives have been in power.

If adjusted for inflation during the period, the average weekly wage should be £609.40. The actual figure is £589.70, a pay cut of £20 per week or £1,040 per year.

Analysis of ONS by the Labour Party has found that since 2010 wages have fallen by 3.45% on average, but some workers will have fared much worse. Wages have fallen across the country but workers in almost three quarters of communities in Yorkshire, the North East, the East of England and the South East have seen their wages fall since the Tories came into power.

Labour is calling for an immediate increase in the minimum wage to at least £10 an hour.

Angela Rayner MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Secretary of State for the Future of Work, said:

“This government has totally failed working people. In-work poverty is at record levels and millions of working people are struggling to make ends meet whilst mates of Ministers and Conservative donors are given billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money.

“Everyone should earn a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s pay and earn enough to raise a family and live a decent, secure and fulfilling life. It is a sign of a broken economic model under the Conservatives that people working full-time or even multiple jobs are not able to make ends meet and millions of children are growing up in poverty in working families. 

“It’s time to make our economy work for working people. Labour would immediately raise the minimum wage to at least £10 an hour and give workers more power in discussions about pay and benefits by supporting people to negotiate pay rises collectively with all workers in their sector so they can get the fair pay that they deserve.”