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Wages and Incomes

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average wage for (i) full-time male, (ii) full-time female, (iii) part-time male and (iv) part-time female employees and (b) average household income for working age households was in (A) the London borough of Haringey area and (B) across London in (1) cash and (2) constant price terms in each of the last 10 years. (96654)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the national statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 24 October 2006:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question what the (a) average wage for (i) full-time male, (ii) full-time female, (iii) part time male and (iv) part time female employees and (b) average household income for working age households was for working age households was in (A) the London Borough of Haringey area and (B) across London in (1) cash and (2) constant price terms in each of the last 10 years. (96654).

Currently average earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for employees on adult rates of pay whose pay was unaffected by absence during the pay period. This is the standard definition used for ASHE. The ASHE does not collect data on the self employed and people who do unpaid work.

I have attached tables containing statistics on earnings from the ASHE for the years 1997-2005 for both the London Borough of Haringey and the Government Office Region of London. The second set of table shows these earnings statistics expressed in 2005 prices by uprating with the Retail Price Index (RPI).

Average household income for working age households by council area is not available. Household income statistics for all households in the UK, based on the Family Resources Survey, are produced by the Department of Work and Pensions. Additionally the Office for National Statistics has produced statistics for wards for 2001-02 only. These estimates are based on a statistical model and are experimental statistics—they have been developed in accordance with the principles set out in the National Statistics Code of Practice but are not accredited as National Statistics.

The ASHE, carried out in April of each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It is a one per cent sample of all employees who are members of pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) schemes, but because of its sampling frame, it has difficulty capturing data on people with very low pay. It is therefore likely to under-represent relatively low paid staff earning below the tax threshold.

Gross weekly (cash £) pay for employee jobsa by place of work

Borough of Haringey

Median

Mean

Full-time

Part-time

Full-time

Part-time

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

2005

*496

*431

x

**165

*571

467

**207

*180

2004b

*442

*411

x

x

*521

*472

**168

*166

2004

*442

**422

x

x

*527

*478

**175

*168

2003

*452

**370

x

**159

*539

*434

x

*169

2002

*452

*345

x

**136

482

*396

x

*171

2001

*397

*379

x

x

437

*412

x

**143

2000

*405

*346

x

x

**527

378

x

**155

1999

*390

*306

x

**113

458

*353

x

**148

1998

*403

*287

x

x

451

314

x

**113

1997

*381

**291

x

x

*446

*317

x

**119

Gross weekly (cash £) pay for employee jobsa by place of work

London

Median

Mean

Full-time

Part-time

Full-time

Part-time

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

2005

620

492

*138

162

790

567

220

209

2004b

594

475

133

150

749

543

240

201

2004

599

480

134

152

764

551

244

204

2003

576

461

123

145

744

528

*245

194

2002

551

443

113

132

723

517

*224

176

2001

531

422

96

124

685

486

*177

157

2000

507

394

*100

122

647

457

171

159

1999

480

380

*98

120

607

430

169

155

1998

469

365

*91

116

586

410

*154

149

1997

446

348

*93

115

556

391

158

142

Gross weekly (constant pricec £) pay for employee jobsa by place of work

Borough of Haringey

Median

Mean

Full-time

Part-time

Full-time

Part-time

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

2005

*496

*431

x

**165

*571

467

**207

*180

2004b

*455

**423

x

x

*537

*486

**173

*171

2004

*455

**435

x

x

*543

*492

**180

*173

2003

*479

**392

x

**169

*571

*460

x

*179

2002

*493

*376

x

**148

525

*432

x

*186

2001

*441

*421

x

x

485

*457

x

**159

2000

*458

*391

x

x

**596

427

x

*175

1999

*452

*355

x

**131

531

*409

x

**172

1998

*476

*339

x

x

532

371

x

**133

1997

*469

**358

x

x

*549

*390

x

**146

Gross weekly (constant pricec £) pay for employee jobsa by place of work

London

Median

Mean

Full-time

Part-time

Full-time

Part-time

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

2005

620

492

*138

162

790

567

220

209

2004b

612

489

137

155

771

559

247

207

2004

617

494

138

157

787

568

251

210

2003

611

489

130

154

789

560

*260

206

2002

601

483

123

144

788

564

*244

192

2001

589

468

107

138

760

539

*196

174

2000

573

445

*113

138

731

516

193

180

1999

557

441

*114

139

704

499

196

180

1998

553

431

*107

137

691

484

*182

176

1997

549

428

*114

141

684

481

194

175

a Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence. b In 2004 additional supplementary surveys were introduced to improve the coverage of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. Figures are presented both excluding and including the additional surveys for comparison purposes. c Constant price terms have been uprated using the Retail Prices Index (PRI), re-based at April 2005. Guide to quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of a figure, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an average of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent., we would expect the population average to be within the range 180 to 220. Key: CV <= 5 per cent. * CV > 5 per cent. and <= 10 per cent. ** CV > 10 per cent. and <= 20 per cent. x CV > 20 per cent. The median replaces the mean as the headline statistic. The weighted mean is the sum of the weighted values divided by the sum of the weights. The median is the value below which 50 per cent. of employees fall. It is preferred over the mean for earnings data as it is influenced less by extreme values and because of the skewed distribution of earnings data.