Doesn’t make too much sense, does it
But when you take into consideration the added expenses that come with living in London, you might just be better off living elsewhere in order to hold on to more of your hard-earned cash.
It’s at odds with the city being trumpeted as the hub for the British economy especially where the tech industry is concerned.
Indeed, a study by Boris Johnsons London & Partners department found in September that London has over 71,000 developers the most in the world, and a number thats expected to continue growing.
Although, based on research from CV-Library, workers may want to flee to Aberdeen.
The job site has discovered that, while professionals working in the city of London earn an average salary of 36,905 16.6 per cent more than the national average of 31,625 premium costs in the area result in low disposable income.
As a result, those in Scotland and the North East are actually the richest.
See below the full results of richest to poorest UK workers, based on remaining monthly income after living costs, which compriserent (small, one-bed flat, located close to the city centre), relevant council tax, a local monthly travel card, basic utility bills and groceries.
Average Monthly Salary Basic Monthly Costs Remaining Income
2,230 917 1,313
£1,993 862 1,131?
£2,015 891 1,125?
£2,040 921 1,119
£2,025 914 1,112
£2,014 919 1,095
£2,019 924 1,095
£1,995 953 1,042
£1,936 951 985
£1,991 1,035 957
£1,816 864 952
£2,145 1,207 937
£2,013 1,167 846
£1,822 1,040 783?
£1,826 1,348 478?
£2,349 3,313 – £964
It means that Londoners who desire the same living standards as counterparts living in different parts of the country will end up in debt or have to accept compromises, according to the study, despite being well paid.
Rubbing salt in the wounds for London’s workforce, the study showed the cost of a one-bed flat in Hull is just 72,486 this rockets to 544,118 in the capital. And when looking at salaries in the two cities, Londoner’s only earn 32.7 per cent more.
Adding further context, a professional in Hull would need to spend 18.1 per cent of their salary for a mortgage, while a Londoner would need to part with 105.5 per cent, putting them in the red before they’ve even considered a food shop.
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Its not unreasonable for a UK working professional to want to come home to their own space at night. As employees, it’s advantages such as these that motivate and inspire us to do well,” said Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library.
However, living premiums mean that this isnt a reality for most workers in the capital and the idea of getting on the property ladder is a pipe dream, despite working hard. The fact that Londoners struggle to afford the bare essentials is worrying and may well affect the number of professionals that choose to work in the city; other cities are starting to appear as much more appealing prospects for UK workers.
“Wages and living expenses in London are not relative to the rest of the UK, making Londoners the poorest workers in Britain.