GLASGOW’S workforce has been given a boost as new figures show the city is in the top spot for wage increases.

Research shows that the average salary in Glasgow has increased by 11.3 per cent, ranking it the top city in the UK for wage growth.

Research by the independent job website, CV Library says the new average salary in Glasgow is £35,100.

Elsewhere, London and Edinburgh saw increases of 2.4 per cent and 1.5 per cent respectively, while the UK as a whole experienced a 7.6 per cent growth.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, welcomed the news and said it reflects what they already know.

She said: “This research would seem to bear out what we already know, that Glasgow and our economic performance have made enormous strides in recent years and that we have an international reputation as an attractive destination for investors and those wishing to live and work here.”

Councillor Aitken added: “We are home to an increasing number of well-paid, high-quality jobs, a reflection of our highly-skilled workforce. But we must retain our determination to continue this trend to ensure that all the people of Glasgow share in and benefit from our economic growth.”

Stuart Patrick, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive, said these figures undoubtedly show that ­Glasgow is a city on the rise.

He said: “The city is confidently able to attract the best talent by paying the best wages. We are certainly aware of an increase in skill shortages in several industries, especially in digital and engineering, and that demand is pushing up pay.

“The evidence is that Glasgow’s traditional strengths in science and technology are re-emerging, with a process of very substantial increase in employment and new businesses since 2015.”

Lee Biggins, CEO and founder of CV Library, said: “Throughout 2018 there was a great deal of competition for businesses to attract and secure the most talented professionals, hence why certain cities have seen such a jump in pay.”

Scottish Government figures show a decrease for the number of people in Glasgow on benefits.

Their official figures show unemployment has more than halved since its peak in 2010.

The statistics show that 75 per cent of people in the 16 to 64 age bracket were now employed.