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JOBSEEKERS in the North East of England expect the lowest salaries in the country according to a new survey.

People looking for work in the region are said to expect pounds 17,776, the second lowest in the UK after Northern Ireland, where the figure is pounds 17,556.

And women are asking for nearly pounds 4,000 a year less in pay than men on average when registering with online recruitment service www.reed.co.uk .

A survey of 850,000 people who registered in the last year with the service showed that the average UK man expected to earn pounds 3,600 more than the average UK woman.

Jobseekers born between December 23 and January 19, aged between 40 and 50, and called Steve, who also live in the South East of England, were the most ambitious.

Jobseekers in the South East of England demanded the highest salary levels, at an average of pounds 21,165.

They were closely followed by jobseekers in the South West England, at pounds 19,403, and East Anglia at pounds 19,679.

The site also analysed salary expectations by nationality and found that jobseekers from the Middle East demanded the highest salaries.

The average jobseeker from Qatar expected to earn pounds 62,000 a year, and job seekers from Saudi Arabia expect over pounds 40,000, double the expectations of the average Briton, who wanted just over pounds 20,000.

The three most popular sectors for jobseekers over the past year were administration and secretarial positions, followed by IT and telecoms and accountancy.

Martin Warnes, operations director at reed.co.uk, said: "Our analysis of over 850,000 jobseekers revealed some interesting trends - the most worrying being that women across the UK have far lower salary expectations than men. Jobseekers from the South East demand the highest salaries."
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 26, 2008
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