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National Income

Volume 983: debated on Wednesday 23 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will circulate in the Official Report a table showing the share of (a) wages and (b) wages and salaries as a percentage of national income in the principal industrial countries in 1958, 1968 and in the latest available year.

COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES AS A PERCENTAGE OF NATIONAL INCOME*
Per cent.
United KingdomFranceGermany (FR)ItalyJapanUSA
1958725960505271
1968746264575374
1977807172716877
Notes
* Compensation of employees refers to wages and salaries and employers' contributions to pensions and social security schemes. National income is at factor cost ie excluding indirect taxes and including subsidies.
† 1958 United Kingdom figures does not strictly correspond to OECD definitions.

Source:

OECD— 'National Accounts of OECD Countries' (1952–1977 Vol I and 1960–1977 Vol II).

These figures should be compared with caution owing to differences between countries in definitions and coverage of the statistics. The comparisons are also affected by differences in the composition of outputs, in terms of factors of production, and differences in income from self-employment in the various countries.