No, really, they haven’tSeptember 6, 2019 Tim WorstallUncategorized11 CommentsOver the last 40 years wages have stagnated in real terms Really Guardian, they haven’t. previousAn easy way to test this sorta stuffnextNot quite how genes work 11 thoughts on “No, really, they haven’t” isp001 September 6, 2019 at 8:41 am At the lower ranks of the guardian newsrooom it might be true….. Dongguan John September 6, 2019 at 8:47 am It’s so self evidently bollocks to anyone who is over 40 years old. How do they measure wages to come to such an absurd conclusion? Rob September 6, 2019 at 9:09 am If this is the case why are they so pissed off at all the vast hordes of working class people clogging up their airports? Rob September 6, 2019 at 9:09 am Why is every road in Britain full, literally full, of shiny parked cars? Andrew M September 6, 2019 at 9:22 am Seems to be roughly true for the last decade; but definitely not for the 30 years before that. Matt September 6, 2019 at 9:33 am The Guardian only cares about relative wealth/income not actual. I suspect they found that if you earned the median wage in 1979 then you were on the 50th percentile of income, and that if you earned the median wage in 2019 then this hadn’t changed. Obviously terrible. gunker September 6, 2019 at 9:36 am In the seventies and eighties, many families were supported by one breadwinner. Now days, families are smaller and both parents work. Andrew M September 6, 2019 at 1:54 pm Oh, they’re talking about Americans. Well, strictly-speaking, it’s true: median inflation-adjusted pay in the U.S. has barely changed in the last 40 years. Source: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/08/07/for-most-us-workers-real-wages-have-barely-budged-for-decades/ You can quibble with the definitions of “median”, “inflation-adjusted”, and “pay” to torture out a different result; but at face value this reflects poorly on America’s ability to generate economic growth. Roué le Jour September 6, 2019 at 2:04 pm My parents raised four of us while my mum worked part time. Good luck doing that today on what my dad earned in “real terms”. Mohave Greenie September 6, 2019 at 2:10 pm @AndrewM We’ve had to work hard at that. It involved importing large chunks of Latin America to keep wages down. Just think of the screaming that would occur if we were importing journalists, studies professors, and social workers willing to work at half the going wage. I sneeze in threes September 6, 2019 at 6:07 pm Things haven’t really changed though have they? In the 70s a fish finger sandwich for after school tea was a nice change from Spam (or PEK). Now fish finger sandwiches are trendy post ironic hipster foody fayre served on an old coal scuttle. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.