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Volume 76: debated on Wednesday 3 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give the number of persons in work who have net incomes per week of less than (a) £50, (b) £60, (c) £70, (d) £80, (e) £90, (f) £100, (g) £110, (h) £120.

The latest information on the distribution of the net incomes of employed persons relates to the family expenditure survey for 1982. The table shows the cumulative percentages of those in full time employment with net incomes (gross personal income less tax and national insurance) below various amounts:

Net incomes*below £Percentage of persons

Net incomes


below £

Percentage of persons


* Gross income attributable to the person, both from employment or from other sources, net of national insurance and tax. This will differ from household income to the extent that full-time employees within the household are counted as separate persons, income from part-time employment is not covered and some household income for example child benefit may be attributed to a household member not in full-time employment.

Source: Family Expenditure Survey 1982.

Later information on the distribution of gross income from employment is available from table 1 of New Earnings Survey 1984, a copy of which is in the Library.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will publish a table showing the proportion of full-time employees in the Greater Manchester area who, in the New Earnings Survey 1984, are paid less than £105 a week and £110 a week, both when overtime earnings are excluded and included, for all males and females and sub-divided into manual and non-manual males and females.

The available information in addition to that already published is shown in the table.

Percentage of employees*with average gross weekly earnings less than £110 in Greater Manchester in April 1984
Including overtimeExcluding overtime
Full time manual men22·833·9
Full time non manual men10·412·3
All Full time men17·424·5
Full time manual women82·385·6
Full time non manual women50·051·0
All Full time women59·160·8
All men and women31·036·3
* On adult rates and whose earnings were not affected by Absence.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will publish figures showing the distribution of gross hourly earnings of part-time female employees in April 1984, for the Greater Manchester area, using the format adopted for various regions of Britain in table 175 of the New Earnings Survey 1984, together with his estimate of the total numbers of women employed part-time in the Greater Manchester region.

Figures covering the hourly earnings of all part-time employees are not available. The additional available information relating to Greater Manchester, having the same scope and coverage as table 175 of the 1984 New Earnings Survey report is as follows:

Part-time female employees on adult rates in Greater Manchester Gross hourly earnings
Less than: pencePercentage

Less than: pence



Note: The New Earnings Survey covers a sample of employees who are members of pay-as-you-earn schemes and in general will not cover employees whose earnings are below the national insurance contribution level. The employees excluded would tend to be part-time employees whose hourly earnings will not necessarily be the same as those with higher weekly earnings covered in the survey.

The total number of part-time female employees in the Greater Manchester area is estimated to have been just under 190,000 in 1981.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish harmonised figures for January 1984 or the latest date available showing average earnings for (a) men, and (b) women in each of the member states of the European Community.

The latest harmonised figures on average earnings for all European Community member states relate to October 1982 and were published in "Hourly Earnings and Hours of Work — X, 1982" (Eurostat, 1983). The data for most countries were updated to April 1983 in "Earnings in Industry and Services" (Eurostat, 1984.) For the United Kingdom alone, the latest information on average earnings was published in the February 1985 issue of Employment Gazette. Copies of all of these publications are in the Library.