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Other people’s salaries are an enduring subject of interest, and rarely for good reason. Happiness does not lie in the way of discovering your best friend from University makes twice what you do, however much you try to eschew such trifles.
Call me petty – someone always does – but it’s a scientific fact that most people are happier earning slightly more than their friends, as opposed to a lot more than strangers.
For this reason I’d suggest The Guardian‘s huge recounting of the ONS’ annual bonanza of salary statistics should come with a health warning.
It might be fun to discover a dentist makes £60,098, slightly more than an air traffic controller on £56,800, but if you’re a humble ‘broadcasting associate professional’ on £40,000 and your dentist sister married an air traffic controller, you could have the hump at Christmas.
I can’t help being amused that it’s The Guardian that has printed these findings. If Daily Mail readers enjoy getting indignant over some strumpet flaunting her stuff at Ascot, there’s nothing that piques a Guardian reader like another person’s salary.
(Hmm, there go half our subscribers from across the political spectrum in just one paragraph!)
The gross median full-time salary in the UK for the year ending April 2011 was £26,244, up 1.4% year on year. Overall though, once part-time workers are included, median salaries increased by just 0.5%.
The total number of full-time workers fell by 380,000 in 2011, with 72,000 more part-time employees reflecting the shift for many towards part-time work.
With inflation still running above 5% and the house price inflation ATM on the blink across most of the UK, it adds up to the tightest squeeze for decades.
Here’s that link again to The Guardian article.
Blog articles about money and investing
- Defining the value in value stocks – Rick Ferri
- The connection between trash and ‘stash – Mr Money Moustache
- How to be the best entrepreneur in the world – Altucher/TechCrunch
- Just leave the housing market alone, Dave – Simple Living in Suffolk
- Investor: You have 3 choices – I heart Wall Street
- Fix the car or buy a new one? – Financial Samurai
- Portfolios and the lost decade – Vanguard Blog
- Idealogy, paving the way to financial ruin – The Psy-Fi blog
Deal of the day: Half the people I know seem to be reading A Game of Thrones. The four-book boxed set is just £18.84 on Amazon, which is £1 cheaper than the Kindle edition – and both are 50% off the high street price.
Mainstream media money
- The Euro zone: Is this really the end? – The Economist
- UK houses 20% over-valued, but look at Belgium! – The Economist
- Investment trusts have beaten the market with less risk – Motley Fool
- Neuro-economics: Brains vs Keynes – Slate
- Hedge funds are deep into ETFs… – Institutional Investor
- …perhaps that’s why they track the market – WSJ (and Salmon)
- …yet people still clamour to get into them! – FT
- The funds facing Hargreaves Lansdown’s platform fee for first time – FT
- Mark Dampier of HL defends modern fee structure / transparency – FT
- Synthetic ETFs face uncertain future – FT
- Firm aims to clawback £10,000 in trail commission – FT
- Enjoy an income from investment in infrastructure – Telegraph
- £32,700: What a family needs to earn to get by – Telegraph
- Average pension fund trades entire portfolio every 9 months! – Telegraph
- Japanese market seems cheapest for 20 years – Independent
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