Earnings inequalities in rural areas are significant and growing

Aerial shot of rural WorcestershireNew evidence from the Observatory’s Rural Skills Assessment (PDF, 0.5MB) has revealed that the gap between the average wage being earned in rural areas of the region and the average wage of the residents living in those areas is significant and growing.

The findings show that rural residents are earning, on average, far higher wages than are paid in local jobs.

The rural West Midlands as a whole shows a gap of over £3,000 per annum.

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