Female entrepreneurs in Tunbridge Wells are the highest paid in the region, according to a report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
Figures showed that women in Tunbridge Wells are paid more than their counterparts in other areas of Kent, earning an average of £377.30 per week (£19,619 per annum) in 2015. This was higher than the average weekly earnings in Kent and in other areas in the south east.
The ONS also compared earnings of women in Tunbridge Wells to the rest of the UK and found that they earned £32 a week more than the national average.
Emma Cox of business networking organisation Women in Business West Kent commented on the findings, stating that they reflect the “entrepreneurial” nature of Tunbridge Wells.
She added that the town is “great” for those who are looking to set up their business and that it offers a lot of opportunity.
“More and more women are setting up companies, some of which grow quite large,” she said.
Tunbridge Wells offers more support networks than other parts of the region, which Cox said is “especially important” as many new businesses depend on referrals.
She added that the more successful women choose to locate to the town as it is an attractive place to do business.
Recruitment Solutions Branch Manager Reece Singh said that the earnings of women in Tunbridge Wells reflect a well-qualified female workforce.
Commenting on the research, he stated that it is “interesting” that women are earning a higher weekly average, adding that it could be “reflecting evidence” of gender equality in the local workplace.
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