Average weekly wages in Hastings were among the lowest in an annual report which surveys the economic prosperity of 64 towns and cities across Britain.
The latest Centre for Cities 2015 Cities Outlook revealed the average wage for 2014 was £414 leaving it 59th out of 64.
The annual report showed London had the highest wage at £676, Aberdeen was second with £625, Reading third with £621 and Crawley in West Sussex fourth with £599.
Huddersfield in West Yorkshire has the lowest weekly wage of £394. Hastings came 60th in the number of private sector jobs compared to public sector. In 2013 there were 19,000 private sector jobs compared to 12,200 public sector jobs. A registered charity, Centre For Cities aims to monitor the economic growth of Britain’s cities and to produce research that helps them improve their performance.
Hastings is included in the list alongside cities like London, Birmingham and Glasgow because it has a high density of dwellings.
The report also revealed Hastings was the most eco-friendly location recording 4.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission per resident. The highest rated was Middlesbrough at 25.6 tonnes.
But the statistic reveals there are actually fewer factories and manufacturing jobs in Hastings which are often factors in towns with high CO2 emissions.
The report states it shows the gap between Britain’s best and worst performing cities has dramatically widened since 2004 – creating a two-tier economy of dynamism and decline.
It finds that for every 12 net new jobs created between 2004 and 2013 in cities in the South of England, only one was created in cities throughout the rest of Great Britain. The report calls on all parties to ensure their visions for growing cities are based on significant devolution of both monetary and structural power, providing incentives for cities to support economic growth and giving greater flexibility to ensure money can be spent where it is most needed. The research reveals national growth between 2004 and 2013 was largely driven by only a handful of cities – mainly located in the South – which have seen their populations boom, their number of businesses grow, and thousands of new jobs created. At the same time in other cities, migration of young and skilled workers, a lack of business growth, and falling employment opportunities have led their economies to contract according to the report.
Andrew Carter, acting chief executive, Centre for Cities, said: “The stark picture the report paints of the enormous gap in the fortunes of UK cities over 10 years underlines why a ‘steady as she goes’ approach must be scrapped.
“Cities need long-term funding and strategic planning and policies that go to the heart of addressing the key drivers of economic growth – including transport, planning, skills and housing.
“This report throws down the gauntlet for all parties to turn their recent interest and pledges around cities and devolution into a clear plan to grow jobs and businesses, and improve quality of life throughout the United Kingdom.”
To see the full report visit www.centreforcities.org/publication/cities-outlook-2015/