UK salaries would rise by £6,000 if increased at the same rate as train fares

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Research carried out by Factorial HR found that rail fares have increased by 44 percent since 2010.

In comparison, the country’s median weekly wage in the last ten years has risen by 18 percent, according to Government statistics.

Using this information as a framework, Factorial HR calculated that the average UK salary would be £711 a week, as opposed to £586.

During the course of a year, the average salary would be £6,000 greater than it is currently, being £36,972 instead of £30,472.

In the last ten years, the biggest annual increase in the average UK weekly salary was 3.5 percent back in 2018.

Comparatively, the annual increase in train fares has beat these increases on three separate occasions.

In 2011, it rose by 6.2 percent, while in 2012 and 2013 it jumped by 5.9 and 3.9 percent, respectively.

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Savings: £6,000 rise in UK salaries if increased at train fare rates (Image: GETTY)

In reaction to these statistics, Bernat Farrero, CEO of www.factorialhr.co.uk, cautioned the Government over cutting the wages of remote workers.

Mr Farrero said: “There is clearly a disparity between the cost of commuting and the average wage, which is why calls for remote workers to be docked wages are as unfair as they are illogical.

“By only looking at the past 10 years, and only the cost of a train ticket, we can see how the cost of commuting has grown exponentially compared to the average wage.

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“This is even without considering the extra costs of home working, such as heating and office equipment.”

Ahead of 2021, the Government’s annual January changes to rail fares were delayed until March 1, 2021, which allowed commuters to renew their season tickets at previous prices.

At the time, Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris, explained the Government’s reasoning behind this.

Mr Heaton-Harris said: “Delaying the change in rail fares ensures passengers who need to travel have a better deal this year.

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Savings: The biggest annual increase in the average UK weekly salary was 3.5 percent back in 2018. (Image: GETTY)

“Right now, our priority must be ensuring our transport network is safe for passengers and staff, and we urge members of the public to follow the government’s advice and only travel when absolutely necessary.

“By setting fares sensibly, and with the lowest actual increase for four years, we’re ensuring that taxpayers are not overburdened for their unprecedented contribution, ensuring investment is focused on keeping vital services running and protecting frontline jobs.”

Regulated train fares rose by 2.6 percent in 2021, which is the lowest actual annual increase in four years.

However, the increase was still slammed by unions, including  the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA),  who took the Government to task over their “kick in the teeth” to commuters.

Manuel Cortes, the TSSA’s General Secretary, said: “Given the massive economic fallout from the virus the last thing we need to see is a kick in the teeth for passengers such as this.

“Ministers are well aware that millions have suffered this year with the uncertainty of employment, a changing picture on furlough provision, pay cuts, wages freezes and lost jobs.

“So, to reach for a hike in fares of this size is both extortionate and plain daft. And it’s also a massive kick in the teeth to our NHS heroes who face a pay cut in real terms whilst having to pay more for their rail fares.

“As we see the rollout of the vaccine which will help us turn the corner in the fight against this terrible virus, people must be encouraged back onto a safe, clean and green rail network and away from car usage.”

In response to criticism over the national rail fare hikes, a DfT spokesperson said: “Our Plan for Rail sets out the biggest reforms to our railways in a generation, focused on the passenger, ending a fragmented, unsustainable system and delivering clear national leadership under a single body, Great British Railways.

“Our proposals will ensure greater value for money for taxpayers and a better deal for passengers – with affordable fares and the punctual, reliable services they deserve as people return to the railways.

“No decision has been made on national rail fares for 2022. The Government is considering a variety of options and we will announce our decision in due course.”

William Murphy

William Murphy

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