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Not earning what you think you’re worth? It could be your name

Andrew Hunter
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A new report reveals ‘Liz’ is the highest salaried female first name, but there are 317 male names ahead of her. Contributor Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna.

The research, conducted through Adzuna’s ValueMyCV* algorithm has exposed the average earning potential of male and female individuals and shows first names can significantly impact earning potential.

The results found that out of the 1,000 names listed with corresponding average salaries, only 13 per cent of females earned an average salary of over £30,000 compared to over half of males (60 percent).

Despite ‘Liz’ sitting in this bracket as the top female name with the highest average salary of £38,792, 317 male names exceeded her with ‘Ed’ (£61,362) sitting at top spot. So, despite Queen ‘Liz’ reigning the country, and famous faces like Liz Hurley and Liz Taylor hitting the big screen, the real money lies with famous ‘Ed’s like Ed Sheeran, Ed Miliband and Ed Balls.

Following ‘Ed’, ‘Giles’ (£59,390), ‘Gerry’ (£58,527), ‘Philippe’ (£57,787) and ‘Bill’ (£56,731) complete the top five. While, ‘Jo ‘(£38,741) is the next female name to appear after ‘Liz’ in 319th position, with third female on the list ‘Michele’ ranked 420th (£36,305), fourth female ‘Alexis’ ranked 423rd (£36,240) and fifth ‘Syed’ ranked 438th (£36,015).

When it comes to the lowest earning names, nine out of 10 of the lowest earning names are female, including; ‘Paige’ ranked 1,102nd (£20,190), ‘Chelsea’ ranked 1,101th (£21,044) and ‘Bethany’ ranked 1,100th (£21,488). While the lowest earning male is ‘Reece’ ranked 1,093th (£22,952) and the second and third lowest earning male names are ‘Connor’ ranked 1,074th (£24,471) and ‘Patryk’ ranked 1,054th (£25,207).

Data tables follow: Table 1: Top 10 most valuable male names

Overall Rank

Name

Average earning potential

1

Ed

£61,362

2

Giles

£59,390

3

Gerry

£58,257

4

Philippe

£57,787

5

Bill

£56,731

6

Ralph

£56,144

7

Ron

£55,565

8

Ashok

£54,830

9

Sergey

£54,173

10

Geoff

£53,991

Table 2: Top 10 most valuable female names

Overall Rank

Name

Average earning potential

318

Liz

£38,792

319

Jo

£38,741

420

Michele

£36,305

423

Alexis

£36,240

438

Syed

£36,015

460

Jean

£35,468

481

Philippa

£35,027

482

Sue

£35,013

484

Lindsay

£34,936

499

Francis

£34,494

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