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05/04/2012 2:47 pm

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Helen Giles

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10/04/2012 9:50 am

Whereas the pay differences between regions across the UK are much smaller than they used to be, there is still a significant difference between typical salary levels in London and the rest of the UK.  My pay advisors suggest that the difference between London and Nottingham is in the region of 10%, although it is worth pointing out firstly that the size of the difference will depend on a number of different factors, for example, job level, with bigger differentials for lower level jobs and much smaller differentials for senior level jobs which typically enter a national recruitment market.  And secondly, related to this, there is no such thing as a 'real' pay differential and ultimately it is very difficult to determine exactly how much one area pays compared to another for the same job.

Typically, I would expect a Housing Officer in London to have a higher salary than one based in Nottingham and this reflects the higher costs associated with living and working in London and the fact that many organisations with regional pay structures, including a number of large housing associations, pay a premium for London based jobs, whether that is through the use of the traditional London Weighting or their own salary weighting. For a mainstream Neighbourhood Officer based in Central London my pay advisors would suggest that a typical median pay range is in the region of £28,000 - £30,000 (although the market range is relatively wide, spanning from around £25,000 to £35,000).

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