Latest figures show huge pay gap between best and worst paid in the North West

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A huge pay gap has developed between the best and worst paid full-time workers in the North West, latest figures show.

People living in Trafford are the best paid, earning up to £15,000 a year more than those living in Blackpool.

But ManpowerGroup’s analysis reveals that the Ribble Valley and Copeland has the second and third highest average levels of pay overall.

Along with Trafford, they are the only parts of the region where average full-time pay tops £37,000.

ManpowerGroup’s analysis revealed people living in Trafford earn £37,700, whereas workers living in Blackpool receive an average of £22,300 per annum.

That’s one of the findings of the ManpowerGroup Pay League, a new series of regional insights into UK pay trends from ManpowerGroup.

The group says the pay underlines the impact that a single major employer can have on a local economy: BAE Systems is a major employer in Ribble Valley.

ManpowerGroup’s analysis is based on the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings from the Office of National Statistics.

Average annual pay for those living in the North West region rose 0.4 per cent between 2013 and 2014 – slower than the rate of increase in the UK as a whole, where pay rose 0.6 per cent.

At an average of £29,900, annual pay in the North West is more than £3,000 lower than the UK average of £33,500.