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Engineering Workers (Pay)

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the present figure for average earnings of workers on a 40-hour week in the manufacturing engineering industry; and what was the figure, at the same date approximately, in 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1977.

The Department's annual survey of earnings of adult male manual workers in the engineering group of manufacturing industries in June indicate average earnings for 40 hours were:

June 197871·50
June 197762·60
June 197658·10
June 197550·20
June 197439·90
These estimates are based on the average hourly earnings excluding the effect of overtime premium payments. The survey covers mechanical engineering, electrical engineering—except for manufacture of wires and cables—marine engineering, vehicle manufacture and manufacture of tools, gauges, implements, bolts, nuts, screws and various other metal products.