Kay Carbury, TUC Assistant General Secretary, says one of the
main problems is that the area's economy is based on low skill
She said: "We'd like to see employers and unions working
to raise these levels.
"That will mean that ultimately the county will have
better quality jobs."
Office administrator Judith Leah who moved to Perranporth
from Bristol in April, says she can expect to earn about £3,000
less in Cornwall.
Ms Leah wants to stay in Cornwall so she has to be realistic
and manage a budget to suit the lower wage.
She said: "I'm not going to try and get a job at the
same wages I was earning, because I know the jobs are just not
there." Employers in the county say it is not always
possible to pay higher rates.
Keith Vingo, managing director of an IT training company in
Bodmin, said he would like to offer staff more money, but as a
small business employer, he is dependent on income.
He said: "If we can sell our goods and services, we can
"But the majority of small business struggle to make
ends meet as it is, mainly because of the red tape involved in
running the business."
The TUC says it would like to see regeneration agencies
offering higher pay, better jobs and better employment
conditions as part of their objectives.
It also says the European grant assistance which the county
benefits from should be used to attract high-class business
instead of concentrating on bringing in more low-paid jobs.
The report was being officially launched on Monday at the
National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.