By Jeremy WestmorelandBBC News – British newspapers, magazines and TV channels are being asked to disclose their pay and salaries for this year as the Government seeks to boost public services.
A survey by PayScale.com for The Times newspaper and the Sunday Times newspaper shows the average UK household income at £48,907 for 2016-17, a fall of 8.3 per cent on the previous year.
This means that the median pay for the full-time equivalent of the average British person is £48.971 per week, a 6.5 per cent drop.
The average income for a full-timer is £47,737.
This year, The Times has reported that the average weekly pay for a family of four will be £4,056, a 5.6 per cent fall from the previous five years.
The newspaper said this is because there is more demand for its print edition, with a more popular format, more print editions, and a wider variety of print and digital content.
The average weekly earnings for a new worker is £9.42 an hour, up by 5.3 percentage points to £9,724.
This is down by 5 per cent to £8,819.
The Sunday Times, which has the most popular and longest running print edition in the UK, has reported a fall in the average annual earnings of a staff member to £20,542, down by 3.7 percentage points from last year.
The Daily Mail, the newspaper that has had the most success with the digital generation, reported an average weekly salary of £13,943, down 4.5 percentage points on last year and down 2.4 per cent from the prior year.
There are more than a hundred different types of newspaper in Britain, including a large number of newspapers with a broad range of genres.
The survey, which took place on March 6-7, found that the majority of British people believe that they are doing better than they were four years ago.
The majority of people believe their family is doing better, although they believe that there are still some people who are worse off than they thought.
The lowest-paid workers are women with a median salary of just over £23,000.
The highest-paid are men with a salary of more than £60,000, which means that their median earnings are nearly £100,000 more than those of their male counterparts.
The median weekly earnings of those with an annual income of over £150,000 were £19,843, up 3.6 percentage points, while those with incomes over £300,000 saw their pay fall by 3 per cent.
The figures show that the largest group of people, those earning more than the minimum wage, have seen their pay increase by 6.9 per cent in the last year, while the lowest-earning workers have seen pay fall 4.7 per cent, the survey found.
A number of areas have seen increases in their median pay, with the largest increases reported in the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands.
The largest falls were reported in London and the South East, where the median wage fell by 8.1 per cent and 3.5 and 3 per, respectively.
The report found that a significant number of people are still struggling to make ends meet, with those aged between 15 and 24 having the highest incomes in the country, with their median annual earnings dropping by 7.3 and 2.7 percent respectively.
This group has been most affected by the global economic crisis, with median income dropping by 5 percentage points in 2016-2017, according to the survey.
A further 9 per cent of those aged 15-24 were not paying their share of taxes, according the report.
The findings are part of a series on pay in the media released on Friday.
We are currently working with the government on a comprehensive plan to ensure that those who do work in public services earn the appropriate levels of pay.””
We continue to focus on ensuring that pay rises for all those in the service are equitable and sustainable, and that those in public life earn the incomes that their work requires.”
We are currently working with the government on a comprehensive plan to ensure that those who do work in public services earn the appropriate levels of pay.
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