Isle of Wight suffers one of biggest real-term pay cuts since 2010, say Labour

Based on figures from the Office of National Statistics, Island Labour say that “due to the last nine years of Tory austerity, the average Islander has had a real-terms 25% pay cut”


Island Labour Chair, Julian Critchley shares this latest news. In his own words. Ed

The BBC today (Wednesday) published details of how the parts of the country worst hit after nine years of Tory rule were concentrated around the coast.

Isle of Wight workers are some of the most badly hit by Tory policies over the last decade. Statistics by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that most workers have suffered real terms pay cuts as a result of inflation rising faster than stagnant wages.

Median weekly wage lover than national average
However, on the Isle of Wight, absolute wages actually fell from 2017 to 2018, meaning that in 2018, the median Island worker was earning just £18 a week more than in 2010, despite inflation having raised the cost of living by 25% over the same period.

The median Island wage in 2018 was £481 per week. This is significantly lower than not just the South East median of £615 per week, but also the national median of £571.

Critchley: A real-terms 25% pay cut
Island Labour Chair, Julian Critchley said:

“These are awful statistics, but everyone on the Island will recognise them. Essentially, due to the last nine years of Tory austerity, the average Islander has had a real-terms 25% pay cut. That’s an astonishing reduction in our standard of living, unprecedented in modern times.

“While the whole country has suffered under the Tories, coastal areas such as the Island have suffered disproportionately, as these statistics show.

Government announcements need to be seen in context
He went on to say,

“Announcements such as the Government’s much-publicised high streets grants need to be seen in this context: they are an inadequate drop in the ocean of need created by the Tory government.

“Only a large and targeted programme of public investment can start to repair the damage caused by this government’s policies. The Labour Party is committed to such a programme of investment. Our Green New deal. for example, will boost the offshore wind programme with 37 new wind farms, creating an estimated 60,000 new jobs in coastal areas.

Citibank note that the UK economy would grow by 5% more under a Labour government than Johnson’s Tories over the next three years. The Institute for Fiscal Studies have also confirmed that Labour’s policies to address low pay would see low-income families thousands of pounds better off.

“A Labour government is now a necessity for the Island. We can simply no longer afford the Tories’ economic incompetence.”

Chart of pay per week

Image: Doug88888 under CC BY 2.0

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019 12:01pm



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11 Comments on "Isle of Wight suffers one of biggest real-term pay cuts since 2010, say Labour"

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Not so long ago our esteemed MP tweeted about how wages in the country had increased well above inflation. Pity he didn’t do his research and find out that this was far from the situation in his own constituency!! By the way this info has been available for some months. Happy to retweet tory propaganda but with total disregard for the residents of the IOW. Speaks… Read more »
Except that what he tweeted was completely true? His figures are looking at the last year, Labour’s are looking back to 2010. Labour are trying to build a narrative about Tory cuts. I think it’s hoping people have short memories and forget it was under Labour we got into a complete mess. Personally, Osborne cut government more than he should have for ideological reasons, but the underlying… Read more »
Jenny Smart

Whilst Hedge fund managers make millions betting on the failure of companies like Thomas Cook.

Broken Britain


No companies will invest over here in sufficient numbers to make a difference to Islanders whilst they are ‘cut off’from the mainland. So we are a captive workforce.We will become, and indeed are becoming, a big retirement complex.

This shows where the heart of Labour now lies. There’s a difference between a drop or fall in real income, which is what has happened, and a “pay cut”. The latter is blamed on the government as if they are the wage setters and employers. Labour would currently very much like central government to set the wages and indeed to employ everyone – to remove the private… Read more »

A fixed link would enable island workers to take advantage of mainland wages and job opportunities without the expense and commitment of a permanent move. Ex Labour transport minister Lord Adonis is in favour so why are the IW Labour party so keen on protecting the narrow interests of ferry company shareholders and those island firms that exploit a “cheap” Isle of Wight workforce?


Labour recognise, and respect, that a large number of islanders do not want a fixed link with the mainland. Ferry fares need to be fair, which requires regulation.


And many more do, and to be brutally frank, there is no chance whatsoever of “ferry regulation”, whatever that might mean!


So because retired incomers don’t want a fixed link the rest off can go whistle. Listen to Lord Adonis, he’s got the right idea.


Nobody is going to put in a fixed link on the off chance it might crank up average earnings here. Get real.


No but it might stop a low waged and increasingly elderly island population becoming an unnecessary drain on welfare budgets. Don’t forget paying starvation wages to islanders mean that they claim more in-work benefits and contribute less to the treasury in both direct and indirect taxes.