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Unitary Authority Workers' Earnings

Volume 406: debated on Thursday 12 June 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of full-time workers in (a) Scotland, (b) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland and (c) Great Britain have hourly earnings gross pay (i) including and (ii) excluding overtime, below (A) £7.41, (B) £5.55 and (C) £4.20 in the categories (1) male manual, (2) male non-manual, (3) all male workers, (4) female manual, (5) female non-manual, (6) all female workers, (7) all manual, (8) all non-manual and (9) all workers. [118711]

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl to Annabelle Ewing, dated 12 June 2003:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question on the distribution of average hourly earnings for workers in Great Britain, Scotland and the unitary authorities in Scotland. I am replying in his absence. (118711)
I have arranged for the data requested to be placed in the House of Commons Library. The information provided shows the proportion of people earning below the different thresholds you listed, both including overtime (Table 1) and excluding overtime (Table 2).
The NES can provide earnings data for small geographical areas. However, the release of NES data is restricted to figures that are derived from a sufficiently large sample of employees, and have an acceptable level of accuracy and I have provided the available data for Scotland, the unitary authorities in Scotland and Great Britain only for those areas where the samples are large enough. These are based on the 2002 NES, the latest survey for which data are available.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) weekly median earnings and (b) distribution of earnings are for those earning (i) under the point below which 10 per cent.of earners fall and (ii) the point above which 10 per cent. of earners exceed, broken down by (A) all manual, (B) all non-manual, (C) all workers, (D) male manual, (E) male non-manual, (F) all male workers, (G) female manual, (H) female non-manual and (I) all female workers in (1) Scotland and (2) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland. [118712]

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from C. Mowl to Annabelle Ewing, dated 12 June 2003:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question concerning the distribution of weekly earnings for workers in Scotland and the unitary authorities in Scotland. I am replying in his absence. (118712)
I refer you to the answer given to your previous question 99978, Official Report No. 64, col 541, which contains the information requested.
The April 2003 New Earnings Survey data is expected to be published in mid-October 2003.