Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Oil town in 'disposable cash boom'

A strong oil industry has seen Aberdeen residents enjoy a rise in disposable income
A strong oil industry has seen Aberdeen residents enjoy a rise in disposable income

Aberdeen has enjoyed the fastest disposable income rise in the UK in recent years, boosted by the strength of its oil industry.

Glasgow and Dundee also came in the top five, with London in second place, according to a study by accounting group UHY Hacker Young.

The average disposable household income after outgoings like tax, mortgage payments and pension contributions rose by nearly 25% in Aberdeen between 2004 and the end of 2009, when the latest figures could be obtained.

In 2004 people living in the Aberdeen area had £13,669 left over - and this figure has leapt by 24.65% over five years to £17,039.

London came in second place in terms of percentage change but had the highest disposable income overall.

The capital saw a 22.13% jump over the same period, with households pocketing £19,658 in 2009 compared with £16,096 five years earlier.

Hacker Young partner Marc Waterman said: "London has been seen as streets ahead of all the other UK towns and cities for growth in disposable household income, but these figures show that the gap is closing.

"Although London still has the greatest disposable income in the UK, Aberdeen is catching up fast."

Mr Waterman said Aberdeen, known as the Granite City, has benefited from persistently high oil prices.

He continued: "Despite the recent North Sea tax increases, there has been continued investment in North Sea oil and gas production."

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