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Women Graduates

Volume 23: debated on Monday 10 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether his Department collects statistics in connection with the numbers of women graduates in universities in particular honours courses and the numbers and level of post of women staff in universities.

1978–19791981–1982Increases in:
Average basic payAverage earningsAverage basic payAverage earningsAverage payAverage earnings
££££per cent.per cent.
All nursing and midwifery staff2,9473,4574,7355,5226160
Nursing sister II (Ward Sister)4,112*4,6886,7027,64063*63
Staff nurse3,120*3,6504,9935,84260*60
Nursing auxiliary2,503*3,0043,7294,47549*49
All ancillary staff2,2923,0563,2874,5864350
Full-time men2,3243,5793,3845,4324652
Full-time women2,2572,9103,2244,3814351
* Precise earnings data not available—estimated figure.


1. The figure for all nursing and midwifery staff includes all qualified and unqualified nurses and midwives employed in the NHS including students but excluding those employed by agencies. Average earnings exceed average basic pay by 16·6 per cent. for all staff, 14 per cent. for nursing sister II, 17 per cent. for staff nurse and by 20 per cent. for nursing auxiliary.

2. The annual pay and earnings of ancillary staff are derived from weekly figures. Average earnings exceed average basic pay by 39·5 per cent. for all staff, 60·5 per cent. for full-time men and by 35·7 per cent. for full-time women.

3. The settlement date for nurses is 1 April so the figures relate to pay scales effective between 1 April 1978 and 31 March 1979 and between 1 April 1981 and 31 March 1982. In 1978–79 the nurses working week was 40 hours; in 1981–82 it had been reduced to 37½ hours.

4. The settlement date for ancillaries was formerly 13 December but the 1980 settlement was for 15 months. The figures for ancillaries relate therefore to pay scales effective between 13 December 1977 and 12 December 1978 and between 13 December 1980 and 31 March 1982.