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Location alone can affect your job pay by up to 140%, study reveals

11 October, 2017

WHILE it is hardly revelatory to say that different jobs can command greatly disparate salaries, new research has revealed the much more surprising extent to which location can affect salaries.

In fact, where you live could give you earnings as much as 140% higher for the same job.

That maximum percentage is applicable for customer service advisors in Dublin; the average United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland salary for this job is £19,791.

Meanwhile, quality engineers can – simply on account of living in Bristol – pick up 77% more than their average take of £35,885. Aspiring quantity surveyors have especially good reason to seek jobs in London; their pay there would be a mammoth 46% higher than the average, £36,928.

Birmingham-based bus drivers, meanwhile, can enjoy a salary that outstrips the £23,769 average by 44%. Rather less fortunate are their Sheffield cohorts, whose pay is 36% short of the average.

Liverpool teachers similarly lose out, their salary falling up to 20% beneath the average, which is £26,379.

These eye-opening figures have been uncovered through analysis of 167,000 job vacancies posted on the major online jobs board CV-Library.

The findings, which took into account 24 locations across the UK and ROI, suggest that prevailing thoughts about a North-South divide being largely responsible for pay disparities are, ultimately, too simplistic.

The pay differences have resulted in surprising quirks between different jobs, too.
For instance, it was found that, in Belfast, telesales work can be more lucrative than a post as a quality engineer or marketing executive.

The study, which mitigated salary differences influenced by workers’ experience, paints a particularly rosy picture of the UK capital.

By way of example, London-based primary school teachers can have a 18% greater pay packet than the average of £26,379. CV-Library founder and managing director Lee Biggins commented:
“While it’s not groundbreaking to suggest that those living in London get paid higher wages on average, it is surprising to see how much people’s salaries can vary for doing the same job depending on where they live.

“It is reassuring to see jobs critical to the welfare of people, staff nurses and support workers, showing small levels of variance around the country with under £10k difference between low and high salaries, compared to competitive industries such as dentistry or web development that see salary difference of over £50k depending on location.

” The jobs listings used for this research were sourced from CV-Library between 27 September and 5 October 2017. CV-Library, which was founded in 2000, monthly attracts more than 4.3 million unique job seekers – making this online job site one of the largest in the UK.


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