Average gross weekly earnings for full time workers who live in West Sussex

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) provides data on earnings levels down to local authority geographies for both those living in the area and those working in the area. This measure is a resident based measure – i.e. it is measuring the earnings levels for residents in West Sussex wherever they might be working. The ASHE data is published annually by ONS.

Quarter 3 - December 2017

Average gross weekly earnings for full time workers who live in West Sussex

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) is a UK wide survey that provides information on hourly, weekly and annual earnings by gender and work patterns,and at national and regional level geographies on industry and occupation,including public versus private sector pay comparisons. The annual series dates back to 1997 and the latest data is for 2017 with the 2018 data expected to be released later in November. The data is generally available at local authority level, though in some cases, because of sampling issues the data is sometimes suppressed for particular variables and is not available at district level by industrial sector or occupational types. This measure is a resident based measure – i.e. it is measuring the earnings levels for residents in West Sussex wherever they might be working.

West Sussex gross weekly earnings for full time workers levels do not measure favourably compared with the national and regional levels, the earnings levels for West Sussex are lower than both these areas. Indeed over the year 2016-2017 earnings levels fell in West Sussex, a trend seen in 5 of the 19 upper tier authorities in the South East, Reading had seen an 7.8% increase in earnings,West Sussex a fall of 0.5% and Wokingham the highest drop of 9.5%. Regionally earnings levels increase by 2.5% over the year and there was a 2% increase England as a whole. Compared with the 19 upper tier authorities in the South East region West Sussex average gross weekly earnings levels ranks as the 5th lowest level.

West Sussex level of earnings compares more favourably with its statistical neighbours, it remains in the highest quartile, though is £49.6 per week lower than the levels seen in Hampshire

There is significant variation in resident earnings levels within West Sussex with Adur having the lowest levels of earnings – at around £478 per week compared with that in Mid Sussex of £652. Arun, Chichester and Mid Sussex saw some increase in the weekly level of earnings over the last year (2016-2017) the highest increase being in Arun of 7.5%, and falls in earnings were seen in the remaining local authority areas – the largest drop being seen in Crawley where earnings of residents fell by 6.7%.

Comparison between the earnings for those who live in the county and those who work in the county show that with the exception of Crawley and Adur resident earnings are higher. The biggest difference is in Mid Sussex where earnings for those living in Mid Sussex are, on average, £108 higher than for those working in the district. In Adur earnings for those working in the area are £13.5 than the earnings for residents and in Crawley earnings for those working in Crawley are £66 per week higher than earnings of residents; indeed Crawley has the highest level of workplace based earnings in West Sussex–indicating that local residents are not accessing local, more highly paid, and highly skilled jobs, though the workplace earnings have decreased over the year.

Average gross weekly earnings for full time workers who live in West Sussex

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) provides data on earnings levels down to local authority geographies for both those living in the area and those working in the area. This measure is a resident based measure – i.e. it is measuring the earnings levels for residents in West Sussex wherever they might be working. The ASHE data is published annually by ONS.

West Sussex resident based weekly earnings are lower than the regional level, but higher than for England.

West Sussex does not compare favourably compared with the 19 upper tier/unitary authority areas in the South East region because of course the earnings levels are some of the highest, outside London, in the county – particularly those of Surrey, Buckinghamshire, West Berkshire probably because of their close proximity to London lending themselves to high levels of out commuting to London. The picture is different though when comparing resident earnings levels with Statistical Neighbours –as shown right.

West Sussex lies in the top quartile when compared with Statistical Neighbour authorities – however there is a significant gap between the highest level as seen in Essex and that for West Sussex, the ambition is, therefore to match the overall South East (regional) earnings levels.

There is significant variation in resident earnings levels within West Sussex with Adur and Arun having the lowest levels of earnings – at around £477 per week compared with that in Horsham and Mid Sussex of £622.

Comparison between the earnings for those who live in the county and those who work in the county show that with the exception of Crawley resident earnings are higher. In Crawley however, earnings for those working in Crawley are considerably higher than earnings of residents, and indeed Crawley has the highest level of workplace based earnings in West Sussex –indicating that local residents are not accessing local, more highly paid, and highly skilled jobs.

Quarter 2 - September 2017

The latest data for Gross Value Added (GVA) was released in December 2016 and covers the period up to 2015. The next release of this data from ONS is expected in is a recognised measure of economic activity broadly defined as the difference between the value of the goods and services produced and the cost of raw materials and other inputs used in production. The data is released annually from ONS, and includes the sub-regional estimates for GVA for the two West Sussex Sub Areas:

  1. West Sussex–South West (WSSW) – comprises Chichester, Arun, Adur and Worthing

  2. West Sussex–North East (WSNE) – comprises Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex

The latest data, already reported, was released in December 2016, and covers the period up to 2015, the figures and trends for the two West Sussex areas were reported at the end of the previous quarter and there is no update in terms of the local picture. The next release of data is expected in December 2017.

However, in March 2017 tables showing GVA allocated to local authorities in the UK were released, the data was produced in response to user need but while not National Statistics, nevertheless give some indication as to the scale of GVA at local authority level, and the contribution that each of the broad level sectors make to the local economy. https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/grossvalueaddedgva/datasets/regionalgvaibylocalauthorityintheuk

The main points from the (ONS) summary of the (GB) Short-term economic indicators published in early September 2017 are:

  • Total production output saw a slight increase in the 3 months to July 2017 and increased by 0.3%;

  • Manufacturing remains relatively subdued since the beginning of the year, though some growth seen from July attributed to stronger growth in car production;

  • Construction output fell for the fourth month in a row, with private housing building contracting in July 2017 after seeing growth at the beginning of the year.

https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/economicoutputandproductivity/output/articles/shorttermindicatorseconomiccommentary/sept2017

Quarter 4 - March 2017

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) is a UK-wide survey that provides information on hourly, weekly and annual earnings by gender and work patterns,and at national and regional level geographies on industry and occupation, including public versus private sector pay comparisons. The annual series dates back to 2002, though there have been some methodological changes over this time. The data is generally available at local authority level, though in some cases due to sampling issues the data can be suppressed for particular variables.

The latest figures are for 2016 (released October 2016) and were reported for West Sussex and its local authorities along with comparisons at regional land national level, at the end of the previous quarter, and there is no further update at this geography. The next release of data is expected in November 2017.

However, since the reporting of the last Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings data, ONS, in December 2016, released small area model based income estimates, for the financial year ending 2014. They are official estimates of weekly household income at middle layer super output areas (MSOA) calculated using a model based method, using a combination of survey data, previously published data from the 2011 Census and a number of administrative data sources.

A middle super output area is a low level geography, with a minimum size of 5,000 residents and 2,000 households. There is an average population of 7,500 which fit into local authority boundaries. There are 100 middle super output areas in West Sussex.

The estimates show that MSOA Crawley 008 (includes areas Pound Hill, Worth and Maidenbower – nearby to Christs Hospital (just over an hour to London Victoria) has the highest average salary in West Sussex at £62,920–Horsham 009 includes Southwater has the 2nd highest average salary in West Sussex at £60,320 and Horsham 008 (rural area including Mannings Heath, Nuthurst and Copsale) has the 3rd highest average income in West Sussex at £59,800.

The three lowest income levels are seen in the MSOAs:

• Arun 017 £33,800 - (Bognor seafront)

• Arun 019 / 011 £32,760 - (Pagham / Littlehampton

• Chichester 014 £32,240 –(Selsey)

  https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/personalandhouseholdfinances/incomeandwealth/articles/smallareamodelbasedincomeestimatesenglandandwales/financialyearending2014

Quarter 3 – December 2016

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) is a UK-wide survey that provides information on hourly, weekly and annual earnings by gender and work patterns, and at national and regional level geographies on industry and occupation, including public versus private sector pay comparisons. The annual series dates back to 2002, though there have been some methodological changes over this time. The latest figures are for 2016 (released October 2016). The data is generally available at local authority level, though in some cases due to sampling issues the data can be suppressed for particular variables. Earnings data is not available at all at local authority level by industrial sector or occupational types.The latest set of figures suggest that the annual average weekly earnings for full time workers living in West Sussex is £557.2, higher than the national average, but lower than the regional average. The highest earners live in Horsham and have average weekly full time earnings of £622; the lowest earners live in Arun with considerably lower average levels of pay at £476.1.

Over the last five years pay levels for West Sussex overall have increased by 9.3% compared with the increase in England at 7.9% and for the South East region at 4.9%. However the variation within the county is significant – Adur has seen the highest increase at over 16% and Mid Sussex the lowest increase at 4.6%. Whilst over the last year (2015-2016) West Sussex saw a growth in weekly earnings of 1% (compared with England of 2.4% and the South East of 1.2%) Adur, Arun, Horsham and Worthing have seen a fall in resident earnings levels.

Change in weekly earnings for full time workers: Growth in the earnings of people working in an area (workers) hasn’t been so high as for those people living in those areas (residents). In West Sussex people working in the county overall have enjoyed an increase of 4% in earnings levels over the last 5 years, compared with an increase in over 9% of those workers living in the county. Over the last year, 2015-16 West Sussex, Arun, Horsham and Mid Sussex earnings levels of workers in these areas have fallen – most marked in Worthing.

The source of the complete data set – Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2016 is accessed: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/bulletins/annualsurveyofhoursandearnings/previousReleases

Quarter 2 - (Updated October 2016)

These figures are released annually from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. The 2016 provisional estimates for average earnings released on the 26th October show that the figure for West Sussex is £557.20, an increase of 1.1% on the 2015 final figure.

For Average earnings in England, median gross weekly pay of employees by residence (resident base), the 2016 figure for England was £544.70, a rise of 2.4%.

Quarter 2 - September 2016

These figures are released annually from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. The 2016 provisional estimates for average earnings are expected to be released on the 26th October.

Quarter 1 - June 2016

What will happen to these measures, in respect of the national/regional/local economy, given the EU referendum result, is still to be determined. This is increasing year-on-year. This figure is also above the England total but is below South-East, although the gap is gradually closing. The next update will be in November/December 2016.

Quarter 4 - March 2016

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) is a UK wide survey that provides information on hourly, weekly and annual earnings by gender and work patterns, and at national and regional level geographies on industry and occupation, including public versus private sector pay comparisons. The annual series dates back to 1997 and the latest figures are for 2015 (released November 2015). The 2016 data is expected to be published in November 2016. The data is generally available at local authority level, though in some cases, because of sampling issues the data is sometimes suppressed for particular variables and is not available at district level by industrial sector or occupational types.

The latest set of figures suggest that the annual average weekly earnings for full time workers living in West Sussex is £552.7, higher than the national average, but lower than the regional average. The highest earners live in Horsham and have average weekly full time earnings of £627.9, the lowest earners live in Arun with considerably lower average levels of pay at £486.2. Pay levels have increased steadily over time, over the year 2014-15 West Sussex has seen a 2.4% growth in average weekly earnings, higher than nationally or regionally, Adur, Arun and Chichester have seen higher increase in earnings than the county average. Over the longer term, since 2010, West Sussex has seen an increase of £47.8 per week, or 9.5% growth in earnings higher than regionally (4.9%) or nationally (5.3%), with Adur seeing the highest percentage growth at 22.6% and Crawley the lowest growth at 4.1%.

Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, 2015 (ONS/nomis)

In 2015 the average annual gross pay for residents in West Sussex was £30,853, slighter higher than the average for England (£30,165) but more than 10% lower than the regional average (£33,382). Over the last five years, 2010-2015 resident based earnings in West Sussex increased by 9.2%,more than double that seen in the South East region (4.3%) . Average annual workplace based earnings in West Sussex are lower than for resident based earnings at £26,831 lower than the national and regional earnings levels possibly an indication of the extent of lower paid jobs in West Sussex. Workplace based earnings have increased over the last 5 years – 2010 – 2015 by 4.6%.

There is significant variation throughout the County in earning levels. In 2015 Horsham residents have the highest average weekly earnings levels of £627.9 and Arun the lowest at £486.2. Certainly earnings are lower in the Coastal Districts , and higher in Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex – possibly a reflection of access to higher paid employment opportunities in Surrey and/or London from the three Gatwick Diamond districts.

In all districts and boroughs with the exception of Crawley the annual average weekly earnings of residents is higher than it is for people working in the area. Growth in the earnings of workers hasn’t been so high as for residents, overall people working in West Sussex have enjoyed an increase of 6.0% of weekly earning rates from 2010-2014, though over the year 2013-2014 West Sussex, Adur, Arun Chichester and Worthing earnings levels of workers in these areas have fallen.

Source: Annual Survey Hours and Earnings, 2015 (ONS/nomis)

Link to earnings data http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/ashe/annual-survey-of-hours-and-earnings/index.html