Wages outpace inflation for 18th consecutive months

  • Wages outstripped inflation for a year-and-a-half.
  • Over 1.9 million more women in employment since 2010, as female employment rate remains at a record high (72.1%).
  • Since 2010, over 75% of the growth in employment is in full time, higher skilled roles.


Wages for UK workers have continued to grow, as new figures released today show wages  have been rising faster than inflation for a year-and-a-half, growing by 1.9% in real terms on last year.

The number of people in work is up 369,000 on last year. This means more workers across the UK are benefiting from greater financial security and increased spending power than a year ago.

The Government continues to support families with the cost of living, ensuring they can keep more of what they earn. This includes raising the personal tax allowance and increasing the National Living Wage – which has boosted earnings for 2.4 million workers since 1 April.

Job opportunities for UK workers also continue to grow  as we have seen 292,000 more people employed in the private sector in the last year.

The UK  labour market has seen  over 1.8 million more women in employment since 2010,  a testament to the Government’s dedication to tackling potential barriers to work for women in search of a new career – including those who need to work flexibly to fit around family life.

Minister for Employment, Mims Davies said:


“Wages are consistently rising faster than inflation – now for over a year-and-a-half – meaning we’re seeing a sustained boost in pay, supporting consumer confidence and giving a vital lift to millions of households who gain from greater financial security.


“This joint record employment rate and decades-low unemployment shows our labour market is booming. It’s especially pleasing to see continued record female employment at 72.1%, signalling the great strides we’ve made in empowering women in the workplace, whatever their background.


“There is still more to do. But today’s positive figures again show a thriving, diverse and resilient labour market to be proud of, and we are in great shape for Brexit on 31 October.”


Today’s figures from the Office for National Statistics also show that the number of people in employment has risen on the year   with the South East  and the East Midlands  seeing the biggest rise in employment at 148,000  and 74,000  respectively; evidence that workers up and down the country are able to pursue employment , regardless of background.


Since 2010, we have seen 2.8 million more people employed in higher skilled roles, which generally command a higher wage. The UK  labour market remains in a strong position as the UK prepares to leave the EU.