Average salaries in the UK increased by 7.6% over 2018


Average salaries in the UK increased by 7.6% over 2018, according to research by independent job website CV Library.

The website’s analysis of its 2018 job market data, compared to corresponding 2017 figures, found that average salaries have increased the most in Glasgow over the course of 2018, rising by 11.3% to an average annual wage of £35,100. Similarly, pay in Birmingham rose by 9.7% in 2018 to create an average annual salary of £35,110.

Other cities that have seen an increase in average salaries over 2018 include Liverpool (6.6%), Portsmouth (5%), Southampton (4.5%) and Brighton (4.4%), leading to average annual salaries of £32,170, £32,010, £32,200 and £32,090 respectively.

Pay increased by 4.2% in Manchester during 2018, for an average salary of £32,220, while employees in Leicester saw average salaries rise by 2.5% in 2018 for pay equating to £30,950. In comparison, pay rose by 2.4% in London, for an average salary of £38,600, while in Edinburgh, pay increased by 1.5%, creating an average salary of £32,790.

Lee Biggins (pictured), founder and chief executive officer at CV Library, said: “Throughout 2018 there was a great deal of competition for businesses to attract and secure the most talented professionals, hence why certain cities have seen such a jump in pay.”