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Domestic workers and cleaners in the UK earn almost 32 per cent more than in Germany

Information about wages of domestic workers in the UK and all over the world. Compare the salary in the UK with salaries in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Russia and many more.

A fulltime cleaner or domestic worker in the UK earns $13.6 gross per hour and $8.78 net per hour. It is almost 32 per cent more than in Germany, where an average domestic worker or cleaner is paid $10.34 gross per hour of work. The UK ranks second in the list of highest wages, the first place took Denmark with $14.32 gross hourly wage.

The Paywizard.co.uk team checked earnings of domestic workers and cleaners over the world. The wages are stated in Pounds and US dollars, but the results are not necessarily comparative due to variance in price levels between country.Therefore there are also hourly wages in dollars adjusted by purchasing power parity.

In Tanzania, workers earn only 5 per cent of the UK’s average wage ($0.68 gross), and the wages in Russia are much lower as well, i.e. more than 5 times lower ($2.56). That means that Russian domestic workers can buy 0.6 of Big Mac per hour of work, while in the UK they can buy 2.4 BigMacs. Indonesian workers can afford to buy only 0.2 BigMacs, the most BigMacs (2.7) can buy workers in Denmark.

CountryMedian hourly wage in $ adjusted by PPPMedian hourly wage in Pounds

Big Macs per hour of work

Gross Net Gross Net
United Kingdom 13.6 8.78 9.19 5.93 2.4
Belgium 10.78 8.54 7.60 6.02 2.2
Denmark 14.32 9.61 13.07 8.77 2.7
Germany 10.34 7.77 6.77 5.08 1.9
Finland 10.16 7.88 7.81 6.05 2.2
Netherlands
13.18 10.11 8.85 6.79 2.5
Spain 8.12 6.36 4.80 3.76 1.4
Czech Republic 5.62 4.21 2.35 1.74 0.8
Argentina 4.55 3.98 1.88 1.64 0.6
Brazil 2.2 1.79 1.31 1.06 0.3
Chile 3 2.54 1.62 1.37 0.5
Belarus 2.36 2.03 0.63 0.53
Kazakhstan 2.66 2.14 1.46 1.17
Ukraine 2.26 1.87 0.78 0.66 0.5
Russia 2.56 1.93 1.20 0.91 0.6
China 1.81 1.7 0.78 0.73 0.5
India 2.09 1.78 0.48 0.41 0.4
Indonesia 0.79 0.65 0.38 0.32 0.2
Vietnam 1.66 1.58 0.47 0.45
Kenya 0.8 0.7 0.30 0.24
South Africa 2.74 2.36 1.17 1.02 0.7
Tanzania 0.68 0.68 0.16 0.16

 

  • Source: Wage Indicator 2010-2012; IMF World Economic Outlook Database (April 2012); The Economist (January  2012)
  • Global Wage Comparison is based on a sample of 3667 respondents, who participated in the Wage Indicator survey. For the UK respondents come through the Paywizard.co.uk Survey. Period:  May 2010 - May 2012.
  • Statistics are reported for countries with at least 10 observations. The  "Big Macs per hour of work" information is only available  for countries with published Big Mac index.
  • Exchange rates valid on 30 July 2012 were used for wages in Pounds.

 

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