Average wages in Doncaster are lower now than four years ago
Government figures have revealed how the average annual wage in Doncaster is lower now than it was four years ago, making the borough home to some of the lowest paid people in England.
Data from the Office of National Statistics has uncovered how the average wage in Doncaster was Â£18,721 in 2015 - some Â£26 less than it was in 2011 when the median income was Â£18,746.
This is in spite of wages being further diminished by inflation - which is the measure of how much the cost of goods and services increases by each year.
Nationally, the average salary rose from Â£26,200 in 2011, to Â£26,500 in 2015.
Don Valley MP, Caroline Flint, said: "The Doncaster Free Press is right to draw attention to many working people in Doncaster who are on low wages in insecure jobs. A situation all of us should be concerned about. Some don't know how many hours work they'll get each week with women & young people the majority of these workers.
"For Doncaster to succeed we need to build a local economy that provides greater security of employment, the opportunity to progress from minimum wage and a skilled workforce to attract better paid jobs.
"We need to interrogate what is going on to create such employment insecurity sector by sector. I will work with any public, private, voluntary partners to identify what we can do locally.
"But I will challenge Government who for the last six years have made work more insecure and overseen the stagnation of wages."
The borough is one of 12 places across the country - including Nottingham, Bexley and Buckinghamshire - where wages have fallen between 2011 and 2015; however the average income is lower in Doncaster than in any of the affected towns and cities.
While the average annual wage in Doncaster has fallen over the last four years, the average income for women has seen a slight increase. Women in Doncaster earned an average of Â£14,513 in 2015, compared with Â£13,970 in 2011.
Whereas men in Doncaster saw their average wage decrease from Â£24,254 in 2011, to Â£24,133 last year.