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Half of workers in South West lie about earnings

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 06 November 2017 8:59

Half of workers in South West lie about earnings

Half of workers in the South West have lied about their wage to prove they can afford something, new research has found.

Of those questioned, 25 per cent lied to impress a friend, according to the findings by loan broker Norton Finance.

Only 35 per cent of people in the South West tell their significant other how much they earn, while a quarter of workers in the region prefer not to tell anyone.

On a national level, 37 per cent of people still believe it’s rude to talk about how much they earn.

The research found that while Brits are reluctant to talk about their wage, some are clearly curious as to how much their co-workers make, with 13 per cent having asked a colleague what salary they’re on. More than a quarter (28 per cent) said they divulged this information independently to a colleague.

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Paul Stringer, managing director of Norton Finance, said: “I think the British are generally quite reserved when it comes to matters like salary.

"Talking about how much we earn isn’t the ‘done thing’ and as we can see from our research, people will think you’re rude for doing so.

“What the study shows is that we feel a lot of pressure when it comes to how much we earn. Seeing that some people try to fit in with their friends by perhaps saying they earn as much, or more, than them shows how much we link our wages to our own self-worth.”

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