Average person needs £3,500 pay rise to keep pace with inflation

by | Aug 20, 2022

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Research by RIFT Tax Refunds has revealed just how much the average person would need to see their pay cheque increase by in order to keep up with inflation and what it means when it comes to the tax they pay and the money left in their back pocket. 

The average UK gross salary is currently £37,235 but with inflation rising at a rate of 9.4% at present, households are feeling the squeeze as their monthly pay simply isn’t stretching as far as it was.

In fact, in order to match the current rate of inflation, the average person would need to see a pay rise to the tune of £3,500. While this would see their tax bill increase by £1,164 per year, it would also leave them with an additional £2,336 in their back pocket.

The average beautician would need to see a £1,461 increase in their annual gross earnings in order to keep pace with the current rate of inflation, paying £486 more in tax contributions but taking home £975 more per year.

Those working in construction would need to see a pay rise of £3,074, boosting their annual net income by £2,053, while increasing their tax bill by £1,022 per year.

The average nurse would need to take home an additional £3,138 per year which would increase their net income by £2,095 annually while seeing them pay £1,043 per year.

The average teacher also needs to earn £3,331 more than the current average earnings in order to battle the impact of inflation, seeing them take home an additional £2,223 after tax and paying £1,107 more in tax contributions.

CEO of RIFT Tax Refunds, Bradley Post, commented: “Many households are struggling to combat the increased cost of living due to the current rate of inflation, with many attempting to do so on a stagnant level of income that hasn’t seen the same level of growth. 

In fact, in order to match this pace, the average person would need to see quite a considerable boost to their annual earnings to the tune of £3,500.

However, the unfortunate reality is that many simply won’t and this will leave them at a severe disadvantage when it comes to managing their household finances.”

Full data tables available online here.

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