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Angus pay packets in the spotlight

: Over the past three years the median wages of both men and women in full-time and part-time employment in Angus has been below the Scottish standard.

: Over the past three years the median wages of both men and women in full-time and part-time employment in Angus has been below the Scottish standard.

Uneven pay rises and inequality between male and female wages in Angus has prompted a call for a new approach to economic recovery.

Lesley Brennan, prospective Labour candidate for Dundee East and economist, commented after reviewing data released on hours and pay by the Office National Statistics.

The median figure for the gross weekly pay for Angus men in full-time work, although growing was still significantly below Scottish figures for 2011 to 2013.

Pay for Angus women in full-time employment over the same period was closer to Scottish figures in 2011 and 2012, but last year fell dramatically to just under £20 a week short of the national median.

Ms Brennan said: “These are difficult times for many families. Prices have risen faster than wages in 40 of the past 41 months.

“This is why they say that they have experienced no benefit from the recent improvement in the economy.

“While the growth in the economy is welcome, it compares unfavourably with recent trends.”

She continued: “A plan for growth and jobs would include bringing forward infrastructure investment projects and expanding childcare to help more women to return to work. An energy price freeze plan for energy bills will help tackle the hardship that has come with soaring household energy bills.

“At the same time it would allow the broken energy market to be repaired in favour of households and businesses.”

Ms Brennan concluded: “We need to build a recovery that will last, that will support investment in jobs and growth for the long-term, and so provide higher living standards for the many- not just for the few.”

 

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