Football Mad: are we paying more for less?
Latest report from the High Pay Centre on pay in football
New research from the High Pay Centre reveals that footballers at the top have seen an increase of over 1500%, whilst average UK wages have risen by just 186% in the last 20 years. Players lower down have been less fortunate, with their pay rising by just over 200%. Indeed as players’ wages take up a bigger slice of club turnover, up from 48% in 1997 to 70% in 2010, we are seeing low levels of investment in the essential infrastructure that could improve the national talent pool, namely coaches.
For a selection of media reactions to the report, please see our press page
Since the start of this year the average FTSE 100 CEO has earned:
Film: Inequality in the UK
- The public are more concerned about inequality than immigration, cutting taxes or curbing benefits
New polling found that 76 per cent of voters think big businesses has too much power over the government, HPC Head of Research Luke Hildyard writes for Left Foot Forward
- UKIP Supporters say tackling rich/poor gap is higher priority than taxes and benefits
Party leaders warned: ‘Ignore inequality at your peril.’ 80 per cent of public put reducing pay gap as priority for government
- Can we close the pay gap?
HPC director, Deborah Hargreaves, argues in the New York Times that we need workers on boards to tackle huge corporate pay gaps