Leeds staff are paid more than workers in any other major northern city, according to new statistics.
Analysis of figures from the Office of National Statistics has revealed average full time staff in Leeds earn £30,600, which is £2,700 more than their Sheffield counterparts and £1,700 more than in Manchester.
ManpowerGroup and the Humber Pay League, which released the analysis, claim Leeds is leading the way in growth sectors like advanced manufacturing and bucking trends with its creative and digital growth.
But regionally there is still a huge pay gap between Yorkshire and the rest of the UK – at £29,000, average full time annual pay in the country was £4,500 less than the national average.
Coun Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for employment, described today’s report as “positive” for Leeds but said there was still work to be done.
He said: “I would say Leeds is fast becoming not just the Yorkshire capital but the northern capital, particularly in terms of not just the growth in the economy and job creation but also areas like development in key sectors like engineering and digital and creative technologies.”
Coun Rafique added that the “disparity” between investment in infrastructure like transport in the north and south needs to be bridged by Government.
ManpowerGroup found average pay in Hull, at £24,300 was the lowest regionally, and wages in Yorkshire have fallen by 0.8 per cent in a year – more than the UK average of 0.6 per cent.
Amanda White, from Manpower, added: “Despite the current rhetoric around the Northern Powerhouse and the drive to make Yorkshire and the Humber thrive, pay in the region is heading in the wrong direction and outside of Leeds many of our cities are lagging behind their counterparts.”