The chart shows that take home wages for the 2nd and 9th decile of earners have been strongly correlated in the years since the financial crisis.
According to data released this morning, earnings growth remained strong in the three months to August at 2.8% in nominal terms.
In a report released over the weekend, the TUC claimed that the current squeeze in real earnings is the most severe since our records began almost 160 years ago.
While the total level of employment in the UK continues to break records, real average wages are still declining steadily.
At the end of last week, the ONS released a report on how wages have changed over time, particularly for three cohorts born in 1954, 1964 and 1974.