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What’s the best place in the UK for regular pay rises?

No prizes for guessing, this is, after all, a Kent-based website

Do you like to receive regular salary increases? Let’s be honest, who doesn’t? Well, here’s the good news, you are living in the right county. Kent has taken top spot in Search Consultancy’s latest Salary and Benefits guide with pay rises offered, on average, every eight months.

The best areas to Iive if you want more money have been revealed by Search, a multi-discipline recruitment agency with offices across the UK.

The south features heavily in the top 10 spots with Milton Keyes, Surrey and Brighton also placing.  The Midlands comes in second with Coventry, Nottingham and Derby all making the top 10.

The full list of 50 regions, shows on average how long it has been since people received a pay rise:

  • 1.     Kent – 8 months
  • 2.     Coventry – 9 months
  • 3.     Doncaster – 9 months
  • 4.     Nottingham – 9 months
  • 5.     Derby – 10 months
  • 6.     Inverness – 10 months
  • 7.     Milton Keyes – 10 months
  • 8.     Surrey – 11 months
  • 9.     Brighton – 12 months
  • 10.   Bristol – 12 months
  • 11.   Cambridge – 12 months
  • 12.   Warrington – 12 months
  • 13.   Yorkshire – 12 months
  • 14.   Cheshire – 13 months
  • 15.   Halifax – 13 months
  • 16.   Liverpool  – 13 months
  • 17.   Perth – 13 months
  • 18.   Reading – 13 months
  • 19.   Bradford – 14 months
  • 20.   Aberdeen – 14 months
  • 21.   Dundee – 14 months
  • 22.   Glasgow – 14 months
  • 23.   Harrogate – 14 months
  • 24.   Lancashire – 14 months
  • 25.   Newcastle – 14 months
  • 26.   Crawley – 15 months
  • 27.   Falkirk – 15 months
  • 28.   Fife – 15 months
  • 29.   Manchester – 15 months
  • 30.   Wakefield – 15 months
  • 31.   Wirral – 15 months
  • 32.   Birmingham – 16 months
  • 33.   Edinburgh – 16 months
  • 34.   London – 16 months
  • 35.   Leeds – 17 months
  • 36.   Leicester – 17 months
  • 37.   Birkenhead – 18 months
  • 38.   Blackpool – 18 months
  • 39.   Dunfermline – 18 months
  • 40.   Huddersfield – 18 months
  • 41.   Hull – 18 months
  • 42.   Sheffield – 18 months
  • 43.   Southampton – 18 months
  • 44.   Wigan – 18 months
  • 45.   Stoke – 18 months
  • 46.   Bolton – 19 months
  • 47.   Chester – 19 months
  • 48.   Durham – 20 months
  • 49.   Sussex – 21 months
  • 50.   Hampshire – 26 months

Southern bias

Dominic Starkey, marketing director at Search Consultancy, says: “There has traditionally been a discrepancy regarding salaries in the south, compared with other regions in the UK due to the increased cost of living. That’s why analysing take-home pay can often be a redundant exercise. By utilising pay increases as a base line as opposed to salaries, we can get a much fairer analysis of the market.

“As working from home is becoming much more commonplace, and many jobs advertised as entirely remote, people outside of London and the surrounding area are suddenly open to much larger salaries and benefits packages that would have previous been geographically out of reach. This has the potential to revolutionise the job market and it will be interesting to see how this develops throughout 2021 and beyond.”

Search Consultancy released its latest 2021 Salary and Benefits Guide which is designed to help job seekers benchmark their salary in relation to the industry they work in and the level of experience they have. This equips people with the tools required to navigate new job offers and negotiate pay increases.

To establish the areas most likely to offer pay rises, Search Consultancy surveyed almost 5,000 people and asked how many months it had been since they were presented with a pay increase and also asked which area in the UK they worked.

For more information on Search Consultancy, and to access its 2021 Salary and Benefits Guide, visit: https://www.search.co.uk/recruitment-insights/salary-guide

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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