WORKERS in Wrexham earn on average nearly £35 a week less than people across Wales, it has been revealed.
New economic figures released by the Welsh Government show gross full time earnings in Wrexham were below the national average at £485.80 a week compared to £520.70 across Wales.
Across the UK the average gross weekly wage is £607.10 per week.
The figures were revealed in the latest regional economic and labour market profile for North Wales. They also demonstrate a large disparity in earnings within the six local authority areas of North Wales.
Following the release Clwyd South Labour AM Ken Skates claimed the top economic priority for Wrexham lies in helping to attract more high value jobs to the area over the next 12 months.
He said: “The latest economic figures for Wrexham highlight the average full-time wage in the region is nearly £35 per week less than in the rest of Wales.
“While there is good news in the statistics that North Wales as a whole has a higher employment rate than other areas of the country, it does mean jobs in the region tend to be less well paid than in other parts of Wales.
“The big economic priority for Wrexham and other parts of North Wales in 2013, that both the Welsh and UK Governments need to be focused on, is attracting more high value, better paid jobs to the area as well as getting a good mix across the region.
“We already have a good skills base in North Wales and a bank of knowledge in areas like aerospace, advanced manufacturing or in sectors like forestry that is highly valued by employers. However there is clearly more we can and should be doing.
“Speaking to employers in my own constituency like Kronospan, it’s clear we need to make a priority of skills investment and re-double our efforts on developing more higher level apprenticeships.”