Wednesday, 19 July 2017

What do UK workers earn? BBC stars and more!


Today the BBC released details of its top stars pay
Read the full facts from the annex to the latest BBC annual report.



How does this compare to other high pay earners in the UK. The High Pay Centre think tank monitors and has reports on other high wage earners.
 according to their 2016 annual survey the average FTSE 100 CEO earnt a package of over 5 million!

For statistics on average hours and rates of pay- se the Office for National Statistics website. They produce the Annual Survey of Hours and earnings by sector.
Various reports have analysed trends and inequality.
IFS also has detailed analysis

It recently recorded that 'Median family earnings (before tax) in one-earner couples with children are 11% lower in real terms than 20 years ago.'

This theme of pay inequality is also being highlighted by the TUC Britain needs a pay rise campaign

and there are general regional imbalances of pay between different areas. recent analysis revealed.  that real wages in the region are 2% lower, on average, than they were in 2008.

How about wages in other countries.
For a gloabl persepctive consult the ILO website 
It has a Global Wage database. on income and hours.

















Life expectancy - is it decreasing? Get the facts

According to recent newspaper reports the trend of increasing life expectancy for UK citizens has stalled since 2010.

This is based on the 2017 Marmot review
From the Institute of Health Equity work
the briefing for the 2017 review records that progress on increasing life expectancy is slowing it also considers the impact of low pay and socio economic factors on variation on health.


the Public Health England website has further information on the indicators.

National Life tables give Period life expectancy by age and sex. Each national life table is based on population estimates, births and deaths for a period of 3 consecutive years. In 2015 A newborn baby boy could expect to live 79.1 years and a newborn baby girl 82.8 years

the office for National statistics has some interesting tables on levels of current life expectancy. by local area. It concluded that between 2010-2014. The inequality between areason average life expactancy increased in some cases this measured 8 or 9 years in total.
Also useful are data related to disability free life expectancy. How long on average can people expect to live a healthy life?

How does this compare with the rest ofthe world?
view data from Eurostat which concludes that while on average life expectancy is increasing there is aconsiderable national variation  . For men, the lowest life expectancy in 2014 was recorded in Latvia (69.1 years) and the highest in Cyprus (80.9 years). For women,of 78.0 years in Bulgaria to a high of 86.2 years in Spain.
to  put this into perspective the World Health Organization. recorded an average globally of 71.5 years with 65.5 for healthy life. For some countries such as Angola in Africa the average is less than 53 years.












Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Today is the 4th of July - try these free independence day resources!

Today is the 4th July try our free independence day resources!




The Library of Congress has a fascinating first draft digital image - view the amendments made by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin and others
It also has an online exhibition drafting the constitution which has an essay and further images discussing the writing process . There is a related teacher's lesson plan resource.

Teaching history has some lesson plans and resources for the classroom
For a different response see Frederick Douglass 1852 speech on the meaning of the declaration for African-American slaves

For information on the history and nature of the July 4th celebrations see the White House Historical Association. this has some facinating facts and trivia. Find out about the first celebration in 1801 where Jefferson offered his guests a variety of punches!