The Pay Index: 5 ways to use

Did you know Shaping Futures have partnered with The Pay Index to give every school in our region the latest Labour Market Information? This salary comparison tool allows users to view expected salaries in various professions, regional differences and the gender pay gap in each industry. It also gives an insight into expected salary differences depending on qualifications and opportunities for progression. 

If you’re interested in accessing The Pay Index, or wish to discuss how it could benefit you and your learners, get in touch with Sarah Hanson via or Abbie-Lee Rendell via Alternatively, visit our contact us page!

5 ways to use The Pay Index

Across the countries schools and colleges are using The Pay Index (TPI) in all elements of school life – from supporting core curriculum and PHSE to enhancing Information, Advice, and Guidance activities. We’ve highlighted 5 ways you could start to use TPI this half term, but please get in touch if you’d like to discuss it further or need anymore inspiration.

1. Existing quiz

Each report on TPI has a set of short quiz questions for students to work through, to introduce them to the software and encourage them to build familiarity. This quiz works brilliantly as a soft introduction to TPI after a demonstration.

2. Initial apprenticeships research
Students interested in apprenticeships can be overwhelmed and unsure where to start. Page 3 of the My Future: Apprenticeship report allows them to select their current level of education and access info on appropriate levels, requirements and opportunities, pitched perfectly for a student beginning to consider their apprenticeship options.

3. Consider courses in context
Page 1 of the My Future: University report allows students to see where undergraduates go to study specific courses. As well as giving them an idea on their own options, this is a great way to start university research as well as encourage critical thinking by asking students to consider questions like why do most Agriculture students study in the West Midlands, or why do most Creative Arts students head to London? Considering university information in a broader context is vital for successful research.

4. Financial Education
Page 4 of the My Future: University report provides students with example salaries, including deductions for tax, national insurance, and student loan repayments. This function allows students to visualise what these key financial terms could mean for them in the future.

5. 1-2-1 support
As well as being brilliant to embed into classroom or assembly sessions, TPI can be used as part of 1-2-1 support for students to provide them with tailored, impartial information related to their interests and aspirations.

If you would like us to provide a demonstration of how to use The Pay Index to your colleagues or students please get in touch.