Bracknell workers have second highest wages in countryBy Hugh Fort
March 09, 2012
The specialist skills of Bracknell’s IT workers mean the town is home to some of the highest-paid workers in the country.
New figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) places Bracknell second in a table of the highest full-time weekly wages in the country.
The ONS figures show the average weekly wage of full-time staff in Bracknell is a whopping £698.
The borough was second only to Central London where staff earn £980 a week before tax.
Nearby Wokingham was fourth with an average wage of £666 a week.
However, people working in Torridge in Devon are not so fortunate, taking home an average wage of just £333 a week – the lowest in the country.
Bracknell is home to a number of the world’s top IT providers, including Fujitsu, Dell, Hewlett Packard and Cable and Wireless.
Mary Flavelle, deputy chairman of the East Berkshire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, said she was not surprised by the news.
She said: “Bracknell has some of the world’s leading IT companies and, basically, if you want the best people you pay for them.
“Some of Bracknell’s IT workers are incredibly skilled and while there will be people earning a lot less than the £698 a week, there will be some skilled workers earning a lot more, which gives us the very good average figure.”
Gary Cranford, business manager at Bracknell Chamber of Commerce, said: “The concentration of typically well-paying high technology businesses in Bracknell means these figures are no surprise.
“Not only that, but there is a high level of graduates and other skilled workers in the area who would attract higher salaries.
“This is a key fact that we communicate to overseas companies looking to set up in the area.”
One of Bracknell’s biggest employers is Waitrose, which has its office in Doncastle Road.
The company employs 3,000 people in Bracknell Forest.
A spokeswoman said: “While I can’t comment on the area as a whole, what I can say is that we continue to invest in Berkshire and create new jobs for local people.
“We employ more than 5,000 partners across the county, of which more than 3,000 alone work here in Bracknell.
“This includes the 180 new staff we recruited when opening our Bracknell branch last year, some of whom were unemployed before joining the business, and are now celebrating receiving their very first Partnership bonus.
“Bracknell has been home to our head office for 40 years and the area continues to be an excellent base for the business.”