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Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 30 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report the average gross weekly earnings of all industries and services for the years from 1975 to the latest available date, and the figures for (a) all male and female local authority manual workers in England and Wales and (b) male and female ancillary staff in the National Health Service for the same period.

The following new earnings survey estimates of average gross weekly earnings relate to full-time men aged 21 and over and women aged 18 and over whose pay for the survey reference April pay periods was not affected by absence. They are rounded to the nearest 10p and are subject to sampling errors. For reasons given below, some for earlier years differ from results previously published.The "local authority" estimates relate to those who were reported to be affected, either directly or indirectly, by the agreements of the Local Authorities Services (England and Wales) National Joint Council for (

a) manual workers together with, in the 1975 and 1976 surveys, ( b) school meals service, etc., workers who were separately identified in those two years.

The "health service" estimates relate to those who were reported to be affected either directly or indirectly by the agreement of the National Health Service ancillary staff Whitley Council. Because the agreement of the ambulance men Whitley Council was not separately listed until the 1978 survey, some ambulance men were reported to be affected by the ancillary staff council agreement in the earlier surveys. The estimates now given are recalculated figures excluding ambulance men.


April 1975

April 1976

April 1977

April 1978


Men aged 21 and over

All industries and services
all occupations60·8071·8078·6089·10
non-manual occupations68·4081·6088·90100·70
manual occupations55·7065·1071·5080·70
"Local Authority"47·5055·1058·8066·70
"Health Service"49·80*57·20*60·40*67·70

Women aged 18 and over

All industries and services
all occupations37·4046·2051·0056·40
non-manual occupations39·6048·8053·8059·10
manual occupations32·1039·4043·7049·40
"Local Authority"32·80*39·10*41·5046·30
"Health Service"38·6044·7048·1051·90

* Recalculated figure.