Burnley revealed as one of towns where workers paid lower for same job than other parts of UK

If you live in Burnley you could be being paid less than other parts of the UK for doing the same job.
If you live in Burnley you could be being paid less than other parts of the UK for doing the same job.

Primary school teachers, lorry drivers and marketing executives in Burnley are among those who are getting paid less than people in other parts of the country for doing the same job, a new survey has revealed.


Analysis of 167,000 jobs available on leading job board, CV-Library, has discovered substantial differences in salaries for doing the same work, extending beyond the presumed North-South divide.

The national average wage for a primary school teacher is £26,300 but in Burnley the salary for doing the same job is 16.6% lower at just under £22,000.

And while a heavy goods vehicle driver can expect a salary of £24,500, if you live in Burnley you can only expect to take home £21,666. This works out at 11.6% lower.

And marketing executives nationally can look forward to taking home £22,900 a year but for doing the same role in Burnley the wage is less at £20,753.

In Burnley a customer services advisor will take home £17,500 but the national wage is £19,791.

The average wage for a warehouse operative is £16,300 but in Burnley you could only expect to take home £15,150 for the same job.

The research suggests that Brits should consider positions from all over the country if they are looking to maximise their potential salary.

Other statistics across the UK reveal more startling gaps.

Bus drivers can earn up to £34,244 by working in Birmingham, 44% above average, compared to a low of £15,113 for bus driver jobs in Sheffield, which is 36% below average.

While research was conducted to mitigate differences in salary based on experience, it is interesting to look at jobs such as primary school teachers or HGV drivers to determine their location variance.

For a primary school teacher, jobs in Liverpool offer up to 20% less salary than the national average of £26,379, a bigger gap than the one that exists in Burnley.

Yet move down to the capital and you could potentially secure a teacher’s salary 18% above the average.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “While it’s not groundbreaking to suggest that those living in London get paid higher wages on average, it is surprising to see how much people’s salaries can vary for doing the same job depending on where they live.

“It is reassuring to see jobs which are critical to the welfare of people, such as staff nurses and support workers, showing small levels of variance around the country with under £10k difference between low and high salaries.

"In comparison, competitive industries such as dentistry or web development are seeing a salary difference of over £50k depending on location.”

CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites and attracts over 4.3 million job hunters every month.

For more information go to https://www.cv-library.co.uk/