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The research, carried out by www.income-tax.co.uk, used the latest data available from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), to analyse the differences in median annual pay for male and female full-time workers in 321 districts across the UK.

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The district of Arun, in the heart of the country’s south coast, is the most gender-balanced workplace in the UK. On average, men in Arun have an annual income of £26,740, whereas women get £26,694 per year – £40 more than their male counterparts. That represents only a 0.15% pay difference.
Swansea comes in 4th fairest in the UK just behind Sunderland (2nd) and North East Derbyshire (3rd). On average men in Swansea have an annual salary of £28,525, with women earning £163 more a year with an average salary of £28,688.
While most of the places in the top 10 fall behind in terms of the UK’s average gross annual salary of £31,285, except for Stirling, they do make up in gender equality. Male and female wages in these 10 places only vary by up to £500 a year.

# Place Male average salary (£) Female average salary (£) Difference male-female av. salaries (£)* How much more men are paid than women (%)*
1 Arun 26,654 26,694 -40 -0.15
2 Sunderland 26,635 26,593 42 0.16
3 North East Derbyshire 26,740 26,691 49 0.18
4 Swansea 28,525 28,688 -163 -0.57
5 Southend-on-Sea 28,952 29,185 -233 -0.80
6 Stirling 32,258 32,722 -464 -1.44
7 Tunbridge Wells 27,942 27,524 418 1.50
8 Dumfries and Galloway 27,207 27,627 -420 -1.54
9 Thanet 26,442 26,014 428 1.62
10 Bedford 29,629 29,133 496 1.67

*negative value means women are paid more than men

Top 10 best workplaces for women

The area that inspired Jane Austen to pen some of her most well-known novels is now the best paying place for women to work in compared to men. Females working full-time in East Hampshire earn an average £4,086 more than males.

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Chorley and Conwy are the second and third, respectively, best paid places for women to earn more than men. Here, female full-timers earn almost three thousand pounds more than males.
The two places could not be more different in terms of their economic backgrounds. Historically, Chorley grew most after the Industrial Revolution, host to many important cotton mills, while Conwy is home to one of Kind Edward I’s castles. US Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently visited Chorley for the 2021 G7 Speakers’ summit, which gave the local economy an immediate boost.

# Place Male average salary (£) Female average salary (£) Difference female-male av. salaries (£) How much more women are paid than men (%)
1 East Hampshire 28,087 32,173 4,086 14.55
2 Chorley 25,285 28,258 2,973 11.76
3 Conwy 24,634 27,469 2,835 11.51
4 Rushcliffe 29,609 32,720 3,111 10.51
5 Gwynedd 25,501 27,990 2,489 9.76
6 South Oxfordshire 32,861 35,964 3,103 9.44
7 Burnley 21,483 23,433 1,950 9.08
8 North Ayrshire 30,762 33,148 2,386 7.76
9 Ceredigion 27,016 28,580 1,564 5.79
10 Carmarthenshire 28,300 29,548 1,248 4.41

Top 10 worst workplaces for women

At the opposite extremity of the gender pay gap is South Derbyshire – by far the worst offender. While deemed as one of the best places to live in England, women here only get about half of what men are paid. The data from the ONS suggests that, while men’s yearly salaries average to £33,967, women in South Derbyshire earn only £17,484. This is in high contrast to its county fellow North East Derbyshire, mentioned earlier, which ranks as the third fairest-paying place in the UK for both men and women.
As charming as its landscapes may be, Mole Valley paints a grim picture when it comes to gender equality in the workplace. Surprisingly, according to income-tax.co.uk, Mole Valley, is the UK’s eighth best paid place to work in, yet it fails to pay women anywhere near as much as men. While male full-timers rake in £49,222 per year on average, women in this Surrey district get 40.52% less.
The stunning island chain of Outer Hebrides on the north west coast of Scotland, also known as the Western Isles or Na h-Eileanan Siar in Scottish Gaelic, trails right behind as the third worst for gender pay equality. Women get around a third less than men.

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With only 29,000 living in Outer Hebrides, the islands rely heavily on tourism. Attracting roughly 219,000 visitors every year, tourism directly supports around a thousand jobs and hundreds of local businesses on the islands. Unfortunately, men rip most of the benefits, 38.36% more than women, to be precise. The average woman working in Outer Hebrides earns £21,518 a year, whereas men have an annual income of £34,911.

# Place Male average salary (£) Female average salary (£) Difference male-female av. salaries (£) How much more men are paid than women (%)
1 South Derbyshire 33,967 17,484 16,483 48.53
2 Mole Valley 49,222 29,276 19,946 40.52
3 Na h-Eileanan Siar 34,911 21,518 13,393 38.36
4 Dartford 43,009 26,765 16,244 37.77
5 Erewash 32,568 20,807 11,761 36.11
6 Redditch 37,023 24,105 12,918 34.89
7 Gosport 39,237 25,797 13,440 34.25
8 North Hertfordshire 38,948 25,649 13,299 34.15
9 Rugby 42,543 28,365 14,178 33.33
10 East Cambridgeshire 33,611 22,448 11,163 33.21

A spokesperson for income-tax.co.uk commented on the findings: “Our research suggests that some of the fairest employers are not necessarily the richest. Quite the opposite, in fact – districts with high-paying jobs in general tend to pay women much less.
“The difference in wages for males and females in Mole Valley is quite remarkable. Considering they can afford to pay men almost 50k a year, it is surprising that they slash 20k for women working there.
“Arun, Sunderland and North East Derbyshire were a nice surprise and employers operating there should get more credit for offering virtually equal pay for men and women. It is very fitting that women in East Hampshire, home to Jane Austen in her last eight prolific years, would earn nearly 15% more than men – the biggest leap of all.”

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The couple celebrated their new broadband connection last Friday (15th July), which has been supplied courtesy of Broadway Broadband.
They were joined by Pembrokeshire Council members Patrick Hannon and Michael Odlin as well as County Councillor Paul Miller, and members of the Broadway Broadband team.
Broadway Broadband has pledged to connect all 224 properties in Dale Village with ultrafast fibre broadband, in their aim to tackle the digital divide currently affecting remote, hard-to-reach areas of Wales.
The area surrounding The Griffin Inn had previously grappled with poor download speeds of around 5-10Mbps, with Superfast and Ultrafast packages completely unavailable. The package supplied by Broadway offers speeds of 100 Mbps for only £19.99 per month.
The new connection hopes to provide a boost for businesses and residents in the local area, who rely so heavily on the internet for day-to-day activity.

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Pembrokeshire Council members Patrick Hannon and Michael Odlin as well as County Councillor Paul Miller, and members of the Broadway Broadband team.

Simon Vickers/Sian Mathias, co-owner of The Griffin Inn, said: “We are over the moon to have now been connected by Broadway to fast broadband! This will bring much needed stability and speed to The Griffin Inn which relies on digital connectivity for almost all aspects of its daily running.
“On top of that, Dale Village is a popular tourist destination for families and water sport enthusiasts, so we hope our broadband upgrade will draw in more tourists looking for a ‘staycation’ holiday.”
Reece Simmons, Wales Regional Manager, Broadway Partners, said: “It has been great to witness first-hand the positive impact superfast, reliable broadband can have on local communities who previously have been disadvantaged by frustratingly slow internet speeds.
“The first connection in Dale Village at The Griffin Inn is a welcome first step in our goal to connect all the properties in the area with affordable, highspeed, reliable broadband and begin to bridge this connectivity gap we see across many rural areas”.

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With savings of £12.62 compared to the average Big Four basket, Aldi says its shoppers can be confident they’re getting the best deal.

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Which? conducted its monthly Cheapest Supermarket price comparison and looked at the cost of a basket of 47 items, including groceries and household essentials, with Aldi coming in cheapest at just £74.23.
The same shopping cost a whopping £16.91 more at Morrisons and £12.54 more at Tesco.
The independent consumer group’s research also found Aldi to be a massive £25.23 cheaper than the most expensive supermarket, Waitrose, for an equivalent basket of items.
The full results of the research are as follows:

Rank Retailer Average £
1 Aldi 74.23
2 Lidl 75.61
3 Asda 83.22
4 Sainsbury’s 86.27
5 Tesco 86.77
6 Morrisons 91.14
7 Ocado 95.33
8 Waitrose 99.46

Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi, said: “We know that across the nation many families are finding things tough due to the cost of living crisis. At Aldi, we’re determined to help by keeping costs low and quality high for our customers. We’re thrilled to yet again be named the UK’s cheapest supermarket.”

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The sale increases the operators South Wales care home portfolio to five.

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Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, announced the sale of Hawthorn Court Residential Home and Ocean Living.
Hawthorn Court Residential Home in Sketty was established in 1991 and provides care for up to 24 adults, aged 65 or older, living with dementia and mental illness.
Having recently undergone a major refurbishment programme, the large Victorian property set over three floors with a modern extension, has 20 single and two twin bedrooms, all with en suite facilities.
Ocean Living, on the seafront in Mumbles, has 14 suites for elderly residents.
The homes have been owned by Mr Alan and Mrs Gloria Thorburn since they were founded over 30 years ago. The sale to My Choice Healthcare will allow the pair to pursue retirement.

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Alan and Gloria Thornburn said: “After owning Hawthorn Court and Ocean Living for over 30 years, we’re really pleased to be handing our portfolio over to My Choice Healthcare who share our ethos and drive for delivering high-quality care in South Wales.”
MD of My Choice Healthcare, Bethan Evans, comments: “We are delighted to have worked with Christie & Co to acquire both of these homes. We are committed to delivering the highest quality of care and support that we can for our residents, and we very much look forward to working with the teams at both Hawthorn Court and Ocean Living in the coming months and years, continuing the great work that Mr and Mrs Thorburn have led over many years.”
Oliver McCarthy, Associate Director at Christie & Co, who handled the sale, said: “This pair of brilliant Swansea care homes, and the interest garnered in this sales process, represents the strong appetite for quality care businesses that we’re seeing in the market at the moment, and expect to see for the remainder of the year. Alan and Gloria have established a great business over the last 30 years, and I’m very pleased to have been able to assist them on their road to retirement.”
Ocean Living and Hawthorn Court Residential Home were sold for an undisclosed price.

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