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.