Jenny Marra : Dundee and Low Pay

16 January 2012

Commenting on the news that Dundee is amongst the lowest pay rates in Scotland, yet the city is in the top 10 of Scotland’s 32 councils whose residents have the best educational and professsional qualifications, Jenny Marra MSP said:

"Dundee desperately requires highly skilled quality jobs.  

"Over 36 per cent of people in Dundee have professional qualifications at diploma, degree or higher degree level or equivalent and only 10 per cent of the people in the city have no qualifications at all.  

"It is a crying shame that the prospect of a skilled job with a  good salary remains unavailable for many people who are suitably qualified in Dundee. 

"I would like to see the Scottish Government doing all it can to create jobs for Dundee.

"I will be pushing the Scottish Government to make sure they are doing everything they can to bring renewables jobs to Dundee and make the agreement they signed with Scottish and Southern Energy before Christmas actually yield jobs.

 "These figures uncovered today should be a great encouragement to any prospective employer considering Dundee – it shows we have a ready and qualified workforce.

 "I will be making the Scottish Government aware of these figures so they can use them to sell Dundee to companies looking to locate in Scotland."

Data : All figures from the Office of National Statistics

Pay in Dundee

Weekly Pay

Median Gross pay Full-time Male employees ( in £) ( Median in the middle of the group)

 

  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011  
Dundee 432.7 469.7 454.4 482.9 477.9  
Aberdeen 503.5 531.6 548.3 591.6 577.4  
Glasgow 437.3 466.6 476.9 478.5 488.2  
Edinburgh 528.5 523.2 536.3 540.7 541.0  
Scotland 480.9 505.0 509.8 521.7 519.8  
             
Stirling 479.0 496.0 505.2 579.3 505.6  
             

 

Median Gross pay Full-time Female employees ( in £)

 

  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011  
Dundee 362.6 382.4 362.3 392.4 398.9  
Aberdeen 400.7 402.0 435.9 448.0 486.3  
Glasgow 386.5 407.9 421.2 432.6 433.2  
Edinburgh 465.3 472.0 483.1 499.2 495.3  
Scotland 381.0 399.9 419.2 428.9 441.4  
             
Stirling 469.7 479.7 463.8 442.5 520.6  
             

 

 

Median Gross pay Full-time all employees ( in £)

 

  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011  
Dundee 413.4 439.7 418.6 441.1 454.3  
Aberdeen 460.0 480.5 500.1 531.6 540.6  
Glasgow 415.7 434.1 451.7 452.5 460.4  
Edinburgh 498.8 507.2 514.3 523.6 526.6  
Scotland 440.9 462.9 471.2 486.6 490.6  
             
Stirling 479.9 496.9 499.2 526.4 508.5  
             

 

At present average weekly full time pay for men in Dundee is £100 less than in Aberdeen, £63 less than in Edinburgh, £11 less than in Glasgow, and £42 less than the Scottish average.

At present average weekly full time pay for women in Dundee is £87 less than in Aberdeen, £96 less than in Edinburgh, £34 less than in Glasgow, and £ 42 less than the Scottish average.

Average weekly full time pay for men and women in Dundee last year was lower than the level of pay in Aberdeen in 2007.

Dundee : male gross weekly full-time pay

2011  Median £477.9

This is the second lowest in mainland Scotland . (Only Dumfries and Galloway is lower than Dundee in mainland Scotland)

If the average ( rather than the median) male gross weekly full-time pay figure is considered, then Dundee is the lowest in mainland Scotland with a figure of £555.2

 

Dundee : Female gross weekly full-time pay

2011 Median pay £389.9

Only 6 of the 32 local council areas in Scotland had a lower level than that.

Male gross weekly full- time pay

2011 second lowest in mainland Scotland

2010 Less than 10 of the 32 local council areas in Scotland had a lower level than that.

2009 Less than 5 of the 32 council areas lower than that.

2008 Less than 10 of the 32 council areas had lower than that.

2007 lowest recorded council in Scotland

Female gross weekly full- time pay

2011 Less than 10 of the 32 local council areas in Scotland had a lower level than that.

2010 Less than 10 of the 32 local council areas in Scotland had a lower level than that.

2009 Less than 10 lower than Dundee

2008 Less than 15 councils lower than Dundee

2007 Less than 15 councils lower than Dundee.

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Educational and professional qualifications

Dundee has over 36 per cent of its residents at level  NVQ 4 equivalent and above: e.g. HND, Degree and Higher Degree level qualifications or equivalent.

This is amongst the amongst the top 10 of the 32 council areas in Scotland.

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No qualifications

The percentage of people in Dundee with no qualifications at all is 10.3 per cent.

The equivalent Scottish figure is 12.3 per cent, and the UK figure is 11.3 per cent

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