Pembrokeshire badly hit by recession, union figures show

PEMBROKESHIRE residents have felt the pinch more than almost every other county in Wales, according to new research.

The county was the second worst hit by the recession, a new study of official earnings data by the GMB union shows.

The real value of average earnings for employees across Pembrokeshire dropped by 19.4% between April 2008 and November 2013 – nearly seven per cent more than the Welsh average of 12.5% and nearly six per cent more than the UK average of 13.8%.

The reduction in real wages in Pembrokeshire fell just short of Bridgend which was the worst hit county in Wales with a 21.2% drop in real earnings.

The mean gross annual earnings of Pembrokeshire residents in 2008 was £21,946 compared to £21,587 in 2013. This represented an decrease of £359 or 1.6%, but equates to a 19.4% fall in real earnings when taking into account the 17.8% inflation rate between April 2008 and November 2013.

Across Wales, the mean gross annual earnings in 2008 was £21,944, rising £1,166 or 5.3% to £23,110 in 2013, but representing a 12.5% fall in real earnings.

GMB Wales Secretary John Phillips said: “These alarming figures show how hard pressed working people across the UK are struggling to pay their bills after years of wage decline and attacks on the living standards of families throughout the land.

“Working people deserve and need a decent pay rise to halt the drop in living standards.”

The GMB study was based on the 2008 to 2013 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) of about 181,000 employees published by the Office for National Statistics.

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8:56am Tue 31 Dec 13

Tttoommy says...

Sorry, I think you must be wrong, looking at how Pembs Council is run they must be overflowing with cash - Oh hang on that's just for themselves :(
Sorry, I think you must be wrong, looking at how Pembs Council is run they must be overflowing with cash - Oh hang on that's just for themselves :( Tttoommy

7:22pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Hyper-injunctions says...

Yawn. Give it a rest dude.
Yawn. Give it a rest dude. Hyper-injunctions

9:26pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Tttoommy says...

Hyper-injunctions wrote:
Yawn. Give it a rest dude.
Will Pembs CC senior management or the IPPG group "give it a rest dude" ?

You don't happen to be a solicitor by any chance and in the same lodge as ........ ?
[quote][p][bold]Hyper-injunctions[/bold] wrote: Yawn. Give it a rest dude.[/p][/quote]Will Pembs CC senior management or the IPPG group "give it a rest dude" ? You don't happen to be a solicitor by any chance and in the same lodge as ........ ? Tttoommy

9:59pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Hyper-injunctions says...

Voting your own comments up duuuuuude? Self praise is no praise.
Voting your own comments up duuuuuude? Self praise is no praise. Hyper-injunctions

10:21pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Hyper-injunctions says...

I voted mine down but now it's +1. I think the council are on to you tommy. Best get that tinfoil hat back on dude, they are reading your thoughts.
I voted mine down but now it's +1. I think the council are on to you tommy. Best get that tinfoil hat back on dude, they are reading your thoughts. Hyper-injunctions

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