Cost of commuting revealed as some train users spend 25% of entire salary getting to and from work
Lowest-paid workers in Birmingham hit hardest by latest revelations in ‘cost of living crisis’
People who commute by train in the UK could be spending up to a quarter of their wages just getting to and from work, new research has shown.
Those in lower pay brackets in Birmingham found their salaries under the heaviest strain, spending 23 per cent of their annual income on train fares, closely followed by commuters in London.
The full impact on workers already beset by what Labour calls a “cost of living crisis” could be even greater, as the figures from consultancy firm Hay Group and reported by Metro are derived before any taxes have been deducted from salaries.
RMT union leader Bob Crow told the newspaper: “This shocking research proves that a combination of rip-off fares and the cost of living crisis is hammering those on low to average pay and should serve as a wake-up call to the politicians.
“RMT will work with passenger groups to end the great transport robbery which is turning rail services into a rich man’s toy.”
Hay Group said there was a huge discrepancy across both regions and pay rates in the impact rail fare rises have on customers.
In Cardiff the lowest-paid rail commuters still only spend around 8 per cent of their salaries on travel, while in Leeds and Edinburgh it is somewhere in between, at 19 per cent and 16 per cent respectively.
The proportionate rates drop sharply as workers go up the career ladder, with senior managers in some cities spending only 2 per cent of their wages on long commutes.
Adam Burden, of Hay Group, told Metro workers were “becoming increasingly concerned that the cost of commuting was rising faster than wages”.
George Osborne announced in the Autumn Statement the decision to scrap an extra 1 per cent fare rise above RPI, which at 3.1 per cent is a higher measure of inflation than the official CPI.
Bruce Williamson, of passenger group Rail Future, said: “Twenty per cent of a salary is an enormous price to pay for the privilege of travelling to work.
“It is time the chancellor stopped squeezing rail commuters by using the higher of the two inflation measures.”
- 1 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 2 Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
- 3 Amal Clooney gives excellent answer to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help
Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
Amal Clooney gives excellent answer to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Sir David Attenborough interview: The one question about life that still baffles him
Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help
One spelling error costs Companies House up to £9 million after being sued for ruining business
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
£17000 - £23750 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Liverpool based international...
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: This post arises as a result of the need to...
£120 - £150 per annum: Tradewind Recruitment: I am recruiting on instruction o...
£70000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Controller - Fina...