Where are the best places in the UK to work if you want to earn a high salary? Perhaps unsurprisingly, the local authority with the highest average annual wage (median gross annual income) is the City of London. In fact, eight of the top ten are in London. Overall, workers in 122 local authorities earn more than the national median of £22,044, while 284 do not. All those areas where the average pay is below the national median are a shade of blue.
As the map shows, the majority of the top ten are in London, with only one, Copeland, outside the south east (it's in red, on the top left of the map).
Not all London boroughs have extremely high earnings, however. While there are eight London boroughs in the top 10 for places to work, there are also several among the lowest paid. The list looks a bit different if we strip out the top London earnings hotbeds:
Waltham Forest is ranked 367 out of 409, with a median of £17,948 and Harrow is 359 with an average of £18,106. Sutton, Enfield, Havering and Lewisham are all ranked over 100. No London borough makes the bottom 10.
The rates of change for different areas vary too. Here is a chart showing the 10 regions with the biggest positive and negative changes.
Tandgridge, one of the fastest growing local authorities, also appeared atop the list of the areas with the highest earners in the UK.