Town salaries are over the average

Richard Fuller MP.
Richard Fuller MP.

Bedford worker’s salaries are higher than the national average, it was revealed by the Office of National Statistics this week.

The median pay for employees in the Bedford and Kempston Parliamentary Constituency ward reached £22,595, £690 higher than the United Kingdom median pay of £21,905.

Bedford and Kempston MP Richard Fuller said: “This research from the Times & Citizen confirms what local businesses are telling me: after the longest recession for generations, the economy is recovering and people are beginning to see it in their pay packets.”

However figures recent compiled by Grant Thornton for the Bedfordshire Limited 2014 report, concerning the largest employer sectors in the region, food, drink and leisure, property and construction, and retail, showed drops in employee pay of up to -7.1 per cent.

Mr Fuller added: “From 2005 to 2010, Bedford earnings fell below the national average. It’s good to see the trend reverse but we still have a long way to go to fulfill our long term economic plan for getting more people in to work, and better pay.”

In Mr Fuller’s Quarterly Survey of Local Businesses, 56 per cent believe the economy will improve over the next year, with 55 per cent dissatisfied with support, and 51 per cent unhappy with enforcement of parking Restrictions.