Briefing 6 : What can you earn in a year?

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Explaining the data

Here we have relied upon data produced for the World Incomes Database at the Paris School of Economics. It is all available online http://topincomes.g-mond.parisschoolofeconomics.eu. This data relates to 2009 as it is the most up-to-date data available. The average total gross income for a person in the top 0.1% was £1,000,970. We then compare it to the minimum wage for 2013. While there is obviously a discrepancy in using figures from 2009 and 2013 there is no evidence that pay at the top has fallen substantially so we felt it was not inappropriate to do this. For reference in 2009 the minimum wage was £5.73 per hour (58p less than today).

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