Wage drop for men

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THE average wage for a man in full-time work in the North East has dropped by 8.2 per cent in the last year.

The reduction is equivalent to a weekly paycut of £45 a week, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

They show the average wage for a full-time employee in fell from £549 in January to March last year, to £504 between the same months this year.

Across both sexes, the average pay dropped by £22 – 4.5 per cent – from £499 to £477, not including inflation and rises in the cost of living.

However, the average women’s wage went up from £416, to £432.