Analysis and action on living standards
Entering employment, acquiring new skills and progressing up the pay ladder are important steps in many people’s lives, and essential for improving their living standards. But changes in the labour market, educational opportunities and the wider economy mean that different generations face different work and pay-related challenges, shifting across the life course.
The three highest-paid of the nine groups that occupations are commonly clustered in include managers, and professional and technical occupations like teachers and doctors. The data in this section demonstrates how the likelihood of working in one of these high-paying occupations has changed across time, and how cohorts compare at each age.
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‘All ages’ refers to those aged 16-64. Occupations are categorised based on average hourly earnings. The three highest-paying occupational groups are managers, professionals, and associate professionals and technical occupations.
RF analysis of ONS, Quarterly Labour Force Survey
‘Occupations are categorised based on average hourly earnings. The three highest-paying occupational groups are managers, professionals, and associate professionals and technical occupations.
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