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Wages Councils

Volume 981: debated on Thursday 27 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list all the wages councils and, against each one, set out (a) the number of workers covered, (b) the date of the last wages order, (c) the percentage increase over the previous wages order and (d) the date of the institution of the council.

The information is shown in the table below. Wages orders determine minimum rates only and do not express any increases in percentage terms. The percentage increases given in the table have been calculated from the orders. They do not necessarily apply to workers paid above the minima.

Wages Council

Estimated number of workers covered

Date of last wages order

Percentage increase over previous wages order

Date Council was established

Hairdressing Undertakings128,60026.11.794·71947
Hat, Cap and Millinery7,8004. 6.7919·81963†
Lace Finishing70017. 4.7917·41910
Laundry39,2001. 2.8016·61919
Licensed Non-Residential Establishment470,00020. 2.8021·91945
Licensed Residential Establishment530,0009.11.7924·11945
Linen and Cotton Handkerchief5,6002. 6.7919·31920
Made-up Textiles6,5001. 2.8012·51920
Ostrich and Fancy Feather and Artificial Flower1,5007.11.7918·41921
Perambulator2,10024. 5.7913·51920
Pin, Hook and Eye and Snap Fastener90028. 1.8017·91920
Ready-made and Wholesale Bespoke Tailoring114,70021.12.7912·5+5·0*1920
Retail Bespoke Tailoring5,00023. 1.8012·5+5·1*1977†
Retail Food and Allied Trades522,8003. 3.807·7–16·3*1979
Retail Trades Non-Food563,7007. 3.8010·61979
Rope, Twine and Net4,00013. 6.7910·61919
Rubber Proofed Garment Making Industry8001. 2.8012·5+5·0*1956
Sack and Bag1,80029. 5.7917·41921
Shirtmaking24,40013. 2.8012·5+5·0*1914
Toy Manufacturing23,3005. 7.7917·21920
Unlicensed Place of Refreshment121,90013. 7.7929·41944
Wholesale Mantle and Costume46,00029. 1.8012·5+5·0*1919

* Cumulative increases effective from different dates.

† Previously there were separate councils for England and Wales and for Scotland.
‡ These two councils determine minimum wages for workers previously covered by nine councils established between 1947 and 1953. The ranges given relate to different sectors of the Retail Food and Allied Trades.

Note: The percentage increases given in the table relate to the minimum rates for the lowest paid grade of worker employed in main provincial areas.