Many of us will have noticed the price of a round creeping up once the pubs reopened after lockdown. But one statistician has decided to dig a bit deeper and create a chart showing the cost of a pint in relation to average earnings over the last 20 years.
Analyst Alex Collinson, who works for union TUC, said the point of the endeavour was to “flippantly emphasise how bad pay has been since 2008”.
His work, posted on Twitter, shows the early 2000s were a peak pints-per-wage era, while 2013 to 2015 was a “real low point for buying pints, with some recovery since then”.
The statistician was inspired to look into the real terms cost of a pint after heading back to his office’s local for the first time after the pandemic only to find that the establishment had “put its prices up from £3.50 to £5 a pint.”
“We came back after the pandemic and the round price had rocketed,” Collinson told the Big Issue.
The most dire time for pint drinkers was in 2015 – the year the Conservative party won a majority – with 1990 – the year that Margaret Thatcher resigned – having the best pint-to-wage ratio.