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Average Earnings

Volume 127: debated on Thursday 11 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of Slate for Employment what has been the level of average earnings of (a) male manual workers, (b) male non-manual workers and (c) managers, senior managers, directors, and professionals, in whatever categories the information is available, for each year since 1979, both current and constant (1987–88) prices; and what has been the percentage increase each year in the earnings of each group in both money and real terms since 1979.

The information requested is provided in the table. Data for senior managers and directors are not available.



Non Manual


Group 2


Group 3


Group 5


Group 6


Source: New Earnings Survey

1 Data up to 1983 on the basis of males 21 and over. Data from 1984 on adult rates.

2 Professional and related occupations supporting management and administration.

3 Professional and related occupations in education, welfare and health.

4 Professional and related occupations in science, engineering and technology.

5 Managerial occupations other than general management.

6 Increases for 1983–84 based on adult rates of pay.

7 Constant prices at April 1987 RPI (All items).