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The UK may be slipping down the world league table of the world’s richest countries, having recently been overtaken by Brazil, but when measured in terms of GDP per person or on average pay Britain still ranks in the top five.

If you have ever wondered why people in wealthy countries, such as China, Brazil and India, still want to come to the UK to live, work or study, the ‘world average wage’ league table may provide an answer.

Brazil may have risen to 7th in world wealth rankings largely due to its mineral resources, but the average salary of its citizens languish at 51, below Mauritius, Panama and Romania.

Korea just makes the top 10, above France, Canada, Germany, Singapore and Australia.

The Philippine economy relies heavily on its overseas workers (OFW’s), but back at home the average salary is just $279 per month, just below India.

Do you earn more or less than the world’s average wage, estimated at $1480? Type in your monthly salary on the BBC website to get the answer the answer.

The average wage, calculated by the International Labour Organization, is published by the BBC for the first time. It’s a rough figure based on data from 72 countries, omitting some of the world’s poorest nations.

All figures are adjusted to reflect variations in the cost of living from one country to another, and as Ruth Alexander of BBC radio’s More or Less programme underlines, it’s all about wage earners, not the self-employed or people on benefits.

List of countries with wages in Purchasing Power Parity Dollars.

Luxembourg 4089
Norway 3678
Austria 3437
United States 3263
United Kingdom 3065
Belgium 3035
Sweden 3023
Ireland 2997
Finland 2925
Korea (Republic of) 2903
France 2886
Canada 2724
Germany 2720
Singapore 2616
Australia 2610
Cyprus 2605
Japan 2522
Italy 2445
Iceland 2431
Spain 2352
Greece 2300
New Zealand 2283
South Africa 1838
Malta 1808
Israel 1804
Czech Republic 1786
Croatia 1756
Turkey 1731
Qatar 1690
Hong Kong (China) 1545
Poland 1536
Slovakia 1385
Hungary 1374
Macedonia 1345
Bosnia & Herzegovina 1338
Estonia 1267
Russian Federation 1215
Jamaica 1135
Lithuania 1109
Argentina 1108
Latvia 1098
Serbia 1058
Chile 1021
Botswana 996
Malaysia 961
Belarus 959
Romania 954
Bahrain 917
Panama 831
Mauritius 783
Brazil 778
Macau (China) 758
Kazakhstan 753
Bulgaria 750
Colombia 692
Ukraine 686
China 656
Mexico 609
Georgia 603
Azerbaijan 596
Egypt 548
Thailand 489
Armenia 471
Dominican Republic 462
Moldova (Republic of) 438
Mongolia 415
Syrian Arab Republic 364
Kyrgyzstan Republic 336
India 295
Philippines 279
Pakistan 255
Tajikistan 227

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6 Responses to “How does your country compare with the UK on the global pay scale?”
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  1. According to my friends in Sydney, the UK is a cheaper place to live.

  2. Tarquin says :

    I live in Sydney – and that’s true, but it’s not more expensive than the southeast of England – average British house prices are skewed heavily by lot very cheap houses in certain areas

    I worked out these figures for myself from other sources – using parity indices and average salaries and it confirmed my view, and I’ve heard it countless times since that Australia is only beaten by Switzerland for earnings

    It’s true the pound is undervalued, and the dollar over, but based on this a pound is worth more than 3 australian dollars in parity terms, it’s nonsense

  3. It’s very difficult to compare every situation. Your Australian example may be true for some areas, but Sydney is a very expensive city especially for house prices. Brits moving to Australia are often surprised that the sale proceeds from their UK house do not go as far as they thought down under.
    The pound is undervalued at the moment because the UK government, unlike Eurozone members, are able to control the currency to boost exports and tourism.
    UK tourism is booming!

  4. Tarquin says :

    I found this looking for a real calculation of parity between the UK and US, but it’s just these ILO figures via the bbc

    They don’t make any sense, being a British expat in Australia I know Australians earn a lot more

    The average UK wage is roughly 24,000, the average Australian wage is 66,000 (local)

    Both are according to the OECD PPP figures over-valued, the Ozzie more so but that brings it down to about $3500 US in parity, which is in line with parity figures quoted elsewhere, it basically buys the same as an average yank salary – why these figures put Oz a fair bit lower I don’t know

    But the pound is very strange – if the UK is more expensive in parity then the salary should be lower, but these figures suggest it is undervalued, about 65 in the UK buying 100 worth of US goods (which correlates to the current exchange rate) – and every Brit knows 100 bucks will get you what 100 pounds would get you there, so the UK does cost more

    From living in the UK I know that my old 25000 salary (above average) could not buy me a house, or give me savings – yet my 60,000 can in Australia (below average) can only think they’ve only based this on the exchange rate or the considerably higher GDP of the UK (rather than actual average salaries)

    From the only figures I can find, UK average monthly salary should be 2500 on this scale

  5. […] a recent ‘world average wage’ league table calculated by the International Labour Organization, Poland’s average pay came in at around half that of the average pay in the UK, not as Migration […]

  6. M.Aslam says :

    Hello

    Looking at figures, they are fals. Do not reflect realaty. For instance, take Pakistan & India. Average person do not earn as much as you have indicated by regular employment. Pakistan in local curency,37230 Rupee per month. India,RS 23600. You must be joking. I was there in both countries find out various social & economical realities.

    Regards

    Mohammad Aslam
    London

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