Saturday 18 October 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014 Posted by Jake 3 comments Labels: , , , , , , ,
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In October 2014 the BBC reported that FTSE100 company directors earned 120 times the average wage. An earnings figure that has shot up sixfold from just 20 times the average wage in the year 2000. 

The BBC also reported that inspite of bumper top wage growth and generally falling unemployment, income tax revenues were going to fall below expectations. Why is this?

The following may provide some explanation:

1) The Bank of England's May 2014 Inflation Report shows that the number of "full time employees" (the dark green lines in the graph below) had not recovered since the 2008 banker induced crash. The 'jobs recovery' is made up mainly of part-time and self-employed jobs.

2) The ONS stated, for April 2013, the average wage for Part-Time workers is far less than Full-Time. Not surprising, as they work fewer hours:
  • Full Time: £517 per week
  • Part Time: £160 per week
3) According to the Resolution Foundation, "the typical self-employed person now earns 40 per cent less than the typical employed person."

4) Even for those who are full time employees, companies have increased their profits by keeping down pay. According to Gavyn Davies, hedge fund manager, former Goldman Sachs partner, and former chairman of the BBC, two thirds of corporate profits come from holding wages down:
"[If the] decline in the wage share had not occurred, and everything else had (implausibly) stayed the same, then gross profits in the developed economies would have been about one-third lower than they are today and net profits (after depreciation) would have been about two-thirds lower."

Some will assert high profits are good for you indirectly as corporation tax (paying for public services) and dividends (for pension funds). They hope you don't notice, and perhaps themselves don't realise, for every £10 taken from your paypacket only a fraction comes back in tax & dividends.

5) The Office of National Statistics (ONS) Labour Market Statistics count "anybody who carries out at least one hour’s paid work in a week" as "being employed". Which means people are dropping off the unemployment figures even though they may be earning just £6.50 for one hour's work in a week.

The jobs "recovery" is not really the result of brilliant politicians, businessmen, and austerity bringing employment back to the nation. It is the result of Britons taking even a single hour's work when it is available.


  1. Sad to think the cartoon above is not very funny, more like real life these days. But the bankers still prosper (no doubt filling their boots at every chance) !

  2. yes and filling wheel barrows carrier bags and whatever they can shovel it away in, while all the time telling us what gobshites we are.

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