THE average weekly pay for employees in Barnsley has risen by 4.3 per cent in the last year.

According to a council report, the weekly wage currently stands at £544.50 - a rise attributed to a quarter of all jobs being in ‘professional sectors’ such as manufacturing and logistics, the latter of which now accounts for 25 per cent of all jobs in the town.

The report said: “A key driver behind the growth of jobs within these sectors has been inward investment, bringing new business and investment into Barnsley, and the business support provided to existing companies within the borough.

"Within the digital sector, average weekly salaries fall within a slightly higher range of £530 to £595 per week illustrating that the creation of employment opportunities in this area can have a positive impact on raising pay and earnings within Barnsley.”