Just watched a Channel 4 programme on the supposed North/South divide & as an ex southerner I thought I would do a little research of my own. There IS a N/S divide!
I have ignored London as people who work there are paid London weighting. I have concentrated on Kent & Greater Manchester to compare.
The Guardian one year ago told us “The average home in the south, including the south-west, south-east, London and East Anglia, costs £313,670. A typical home in the north, which the study includes as the Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside, the north-west and the north-east, now costs £150,917.” Beer prices vary across the country too, costing about £3.25 a pint in Yorkshire & £3.72 in Kent (2016).
A quick look at wages paid by national companies or organisations according to indeed.co.uk showed the following:-
- Police officer - Greater Manchester = £33564, Kent = £26695
- Tesco sales assistant - Manchester = £13899, Kent(Folkestone) = £11163
- Natwest customer service assistant - Manchester = £17211, Chatham = £15654
- Lidl customer assistant - Manchester = £8.93 ph, Folkestone = £8.86 ph.
- Teachers - Manchester = £37500 (average), Rochester = £30750 (average) source totaljobs.com.
Another site, expatisan.com, rates the cost of living in various areas in the UK. Manchester rates 15th with a price index of 150 while Brighton & Hove comes in higher at 10th, rating 163.
I’m sure that smaller companies might vary slightly but with the national minimum wage being fixed those in the north can buy more for their pound than those poor sods who live in the south, so why are they complaining??