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REVEALED: The UK regions with the lowest graduate earnings

by LLB Reporter
13th Jul 18 9:51 am

New statistics have revealed that your birth place can affect how much you earn after graduating, regardless of which university you attended.

The data, analysed by Propillo as part of its graduate affordability study, has revealed that those born in the North East have the lowest gross salary one, three, five and 10 years after graduating.

Those from the North East can expect to earn just £23,500 five years after graduation – that’s £4,100 UNDER the UK average salary of £27,600.

While it’s an improvement on the £16,900 they can expect to earn one year after leaving higher education, such a salary means those born in the North East have the least ability to live and work in the different regions of England; just 70% in fact.

In comparison, those born in London earn the most one, three, five and 10 years after graduating. Five years after finishing university, Londoners can expect to earn £28,500; that’s £900 OVER the UK average.

It’s not looking much better for those born in North West cities such as Blackpool, Manchester and Liverpool, as they can expect to earn just £17,200 during their first year after graduating.

While not that much higher than the poorest graduates of the North East, it’s amazing how many more areas of England open up;84.94% in fact.

The data highlights how the north-south divide is still apparent and how those from poorer, Northern areas are still penalised later in life, regardless of which university they attended.

The full data set by region can be viewed below:

Birth Region One Year (2013/14) Three Years (2011/12) Five Years (2009/10) Ten Years (2004/05)
North East £16,900.00 £20,300.00 £23,500.00 £29,200.00
North West £17,200.00 £21,200.00 £24,100.00 £29,600.00
Yorkshire and the Humber £17,300.00 £21,200.00 £24,100.00 £29,600.00
West Midlands £17,700.00 £21,700.00 £24,900.00 £30,200.00
East Midlands £18,800.00 £21,800.00 £25,000.00 £30,100.00
South West £18,600.00 £22,900.00 £25,800.00 £30,500.00
East of England £19,100.00 £24,000.00 £27,700.00 £33,700.00
South East £19,900.00 £24,600.00 £28,300.00 £34,500.00
London £19,500.00 £24,800.00 £28,500.00 £35,600.00

The full list of areas where graduates can afford to live are:

Birth Region Average Salary (10 years after graduation) Single Cost of Living Per Month (Incl. mortgage) Can Afford to Live in % of England (Single)
North East £29,200.00 £647.00 70.17%
North West £29,600.00 £721.83 71.02%
Yorkshire and the Humber £29,600.00 £705.00 71.02%
East Midlands £30,100.00 £769.33 72.44%
West Midlands £30,200.00 £693.67 72.73%
South West £30,500.00 £763.50 73.86%
East of England £33,700.00 £812.50 79.83%
South East £34,500.00 £905.83 82.67%
London £35,600.00 £918.33 84.94%

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