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Iron And Steel Industries

Volume 979: debated on Thursday 21 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the increase in earnings or wage rates in the iron and steel industries of the United Kingdom's principal competitors since the fourth quarter of 1976; and how this compares with the United Kingdom.

The latest available information is given in the following table. Similar data are not available for other major competitors. The comparisons shown are not meaningful without reference as appropriate to corresponding movements in exchange rates, productivity or general price or wage inflation in each country.Average gross hourly earnings of manual workers in the iron and steel industry (1): Percentage increase from October 1976 to October 1978.

Germany (FR)11
Japan (2)10
United Kingdom23
Sources—Eurostat: social aspcts in the iron and steel industry, rapid information sheet 1—1979; monthly statistics of Japan.Notes (1) Iron and steel industry as defined under the ECSC treaty except for Japan where figures are based on national definitions.(2) Monthly earnings, including salaried employee: increase from fourth quarter 1976 to fourth quarter 1978.
January 1980 Notified unfilled vacanciesSeptember 1979
At employment officesAt careers officesSeptember 1979 Employees in(thousands) employment
East Anglia6,263584
West Midlands11,8491,2002,203
East Midlands11,2081,1541,530
Yorkshire and Humberside11,0339672,004
* Only a combined figure is available for South-East and East Anglia.