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The Cumulative Loss of Real Wages since 2008

Geoff Riley

23rd December 2018

Real wages are nominal wages adjusted for the effects of inflation. A new survey form the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has estimated that the average worker in the UK has (cumulatively) lost over £11,000 in real wages since the start of the last recession. There are big regional variations in the extent of the real pay loss which tracks the annual gas between growth of nominal pay and the retail prices index.

As we reach the end of 2018, real wages are now starting to recover some ground (pay rises are out-stripping inflation) but clearly there is a long way to go before the losses of real pay since the last recession are recovered.

The Cumulative Loss of Real Wages since 2008

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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