Pay gap between HR officers in London and the rest of the UK grows to 16%

The pay gap between personnel officers in London and the rest of the UK has increased by as much as 16% since 2002, according to a major survey on reward.

A study of more than 6,500 HR professionals, from Croner Reward, in association with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), found that personnel officers in London now earn £29,087 – 11% above the national average. Their counterparts in Northern Ireland, at £23,838, are the lowest paid in the UK.

Despite earning the most, personnel officers based in London report the lowest levels of satisfaction compared to those working in other regions – just 37% rated their job satisfaction as good or excellent.

Charles Cotton, CIPD pay expert, said: “Regional pay variations will be influenced by the cost of living – house prices and commuting – and the mix of business activities in the different regions with the high-paying service sector and company headquarters predominant in London and the Home Counties.”

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