Oct
21

World Statistics Day

Yesterday was World Statistics Day and if you know us, you know we love a statistic, or two. Statistics help us to understand data and view it in a way that can be easily understood, helping to emphasise the scale of a problem, as well as appreciate improvements made. To recognise World Statistics Day, we’ve pulled together a few statistics that may be of interest.


According to Land Registry data[1], house prices have grown by 213% in the last 20 years. In January 1999, the average house price was £72,903 and in January 2019, the average house price was £228,475. That’s an increase of £155,572!


Houses prices have soared and sadly, homelessness has too, and by quite a lot in recent times. According to the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government, homeless households in England are up 11.2% from 29,430 in quarter four 2018 to 32,740 in quarter one, 2019[2]


Whilst the number of homeless households is increasing, the birth rate in England and Wales is decreasing. It’s down 3.2% on 2017 and nearly 10% on 2012! [3]


Did you know that British workers spend 492 days of their lives travelling to work and back, costing £37,399 over a lifetime?[4] 
Can you just imagine the emissions from all that driving? Interestingly, the Centre for Sustainable Energy have found that on average, the richest 10% of households emit three times as much carbon than the poorest 10%.[5] 


Since the national minimum wage was introduced in 1999 (starting out at £3.60 for workers 22 and over), by 2019, it has increased by £4.61 to £8.21. That’s a 128% increase! The National Minimum Wage has grown faster than prices, average wages and GDP per head. According to data from the Low Pay Commission[6], if it had risen in line with average weekly earnings, it would only have reached £6.54.