Pay calculator: How much pay rise do you need in Leeds to keep up with inflation in the UK

The UK is facing an unprecedented cost of living crisis, with inflation hitting a record 9% in April.

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This means the price of goods and services a typical consumer could buy was on average 9% higher than in April 2021 – and if wages don’t keep up, workers will get less for their money.

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Households in Leeds are feeling the pinch after inflation hit a record high of 9% in April. Photo: Bruce Rollinson

Analysis of Pay as You Earn (PAYE) data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) by NationalWorld found that workers in all parts of the UK took a pay cut in real terms in April compared to last year, with incomes lower by around 3% on average. after adjusting for inflation.

In some parts of the country, employees were losing up to £150 a month, with the average loss standing at £66. The figures exclude the self-employed and take into account bonuses as well as regular salary.

You can find out how wages have held up in your area using this interactive map.

But how much should you be earning now compared to last year to avoid taking a pay cut?

Our real pay calculator shows you how much your take-home pay will have had to increase to keep up with inflation – and how much you get paid out if your pay stays put.

Inflation is calculated monthly by the ONS. The main measure and the one that has reached 9% – the highest rate since current records began in 1989 – is the consumer price index (CPI).

If a pint of milk cost £1 last April but £1.05 in April, milk inflation would be 5%.

The ONS measures price increases on a huge ‘basket’ of goods and services to determine the overall pace of inflation, but prioritizes certain items in the basket higher or lower depending on their importance or amount. what we spend on them.

A 10% increase in the price of gasoline, for example, would have a much greater impact on the overall basket price compared to a 10% increase for tea bags, as consumers generally spend more on the gasoline than for tea.

Calculations by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), however, show that poorer households – who spend more of their income on food and energy, and less on non-essentials – faced inflation that could reach 10.9% in April.

Inflation for the wealthiest households meanwhile rose to 7.9%, according to the IFS.

How big was your pay cut in real terms?

With inflation at 9%, a worker who earned £1,000 a month after tax and other deductions last April would have had to earn £1,089.92 in wages in April to keep their wages stable.

Our salary calculator below will show you how much you need to take home now compared to last year if your salary is to keep up with inflation.

Type in what you earned after taxes and deductions in April of last year to see the figure equivalent to April 2022 prices.

The calculator does not take National Insurance into account, and many people’s contributions have increased in the past month.

Which parts of the UK have been most affected?

Scotland and Wales are the parts of the UK where workers suffered the worst pay cuts last year, with wages falling 4.4% in real terms.

In some regions, workers have suffered pay cuts of more than 6%.

You can find out the local areas where workers have taken the biggest pay cuts here.