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Average Earnings

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what average net weekly pay was in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West, (c) England and (d) the UK in each year since 1979. (140398)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Dennis Roberts, dated 4th June 2006:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the average net weekly pay was in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West, (c) England and (d) the UK in each year since 1979. I am replying in her absence. (140398)

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. Various breakdowns and analyses are available online for years 1997 onwards at:

http://www. statistics. gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=13101

Estimates of average net weekly pay are not available.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what average gross weekly pay was in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West, (c) England and (d) the UK in each year since 1979. (140556)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 4 June 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the average gross weekly pay was in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West, (c) England and (d) the UK in each year since 1979. (140556)

Since 1997, levels of earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for all full time employees on adult rates of pay whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence. This is the standard definition used for ASHE.

The ASHE does not collect information on the self employed and people who do unpaid work. Prior to 1997, levels of earnings are estimated from the New Earnings Survey (NES) and are provided for all full time employees either on adult rates of pay, or for years prior to 1984, aged 21 and over (male) or 18 and over (female), whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence.

Estimates at the UK level are not available before 1997. For comparison, I have included figures at the GB level.

I attach a table showing Gross Weekly Pay for Cornwall, the South West, England, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, for all full-time employees, for the years 1979-2006.

The ASHE, carried out in April 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.

Gross weekly pay for all full time employee1 jobs

£

Cornwall

South West

England

2GB

UK

Mean

2Median

Mean

2Median

Mean

2Median

Mean

2Median

Mean

2Median

1979

72.6

82.9

89.9

89.6

1980

88.9

103.6

110.7

110.2

1981

106.3

118.6

108.8

124.9

1982

114.8

127.6

137.1

136.5

1983

125.3

139.6

149.0

148.3

1984

135.0

149.1

160.2

159.3

1985

143.8

160.6

172.0

171.0

1986

152.6

172.8

186.3

184.7

1987

161.1

185.7

200.8

198.9

1988

172.8

202.8

220.9

218.5

1989

196.3

225.0

242.8

239.7

1990

214.1

246.7

266.7

263.1

1991

219.9

265.6

288.3

284.7

1992

239.4

283.1

308.1

304.7

1993

252.3

298.4

320.8

316.9

1994

265.1

308.7

330.1

325.7

1995

266.1

313.8

340.6

336.3

1996

271.2

326.5

356.2

351.7

1997

289.0

250.0

349.4

303.6

378.9

325.0

373.9

321.5

372.6

320.5

1998

298.4

253.4

361.4

314.8

399.7

339.4

393.9

335.8

392.5

334.9

1999

301.0

260.4

371.6

323.9

412.6

347.8

409.2

346.3

407.8

345.5

2000

318.2

276.2

385.0

336.0

433.3

364.4

426.7

360.0

425.1

359.0

2001

337.3

296.9

413.4

352.3

459.2

381.7

451.7

377.4

449.7

375.9

2002

349.0

303.4

429.2

365.0

482.0

396.5

474.3

392.2

472.1

390.9

2003

391.5

331.5

449.3

382.0

497.2

410.6

489.2

405.2

487.1

404.0

2004 excl.

395.1

333.4

464.3

394.9

516.7

430.0

508.2

424.2

506.1

422.8

2004 inc.3

390.5

327.9

457.6

392.6

508.0

425.0

500.1

420.3

498.2

419.2

2005

402.6

340.9

471.8

400.0

525.5

436.0

518.2

431.7

516.4

431.2

2006

412.4

357.5

493.3

417.0

546.5

453.3

539.3

448.6

537.3

447.1

1 Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence.

2 Prior to 1997 only mean figures are available, and only at the GB level.

3 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.

Source:

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (1997-2006) and New Earnings Survey (1979-1996), Office for National Statistics.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what gross annual earnings were in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England in each year since 1979. (140557)

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

Letter from Dennis Roberts, dated 4 June 2007:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the average gross annual earnings was in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West, and (c) England in each year since 1979. I am replying in her absence. (140557)

Levels of earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for all full time employees on adult rates of pay whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence. This is the standard definition used for ASHE. Estimates of Gross Annual Earnings are not available prior to 1999.

I attach a table showing Gross Annual Earnings for Cornwall, the South West, and England, for all full-time employees, for the years 1999-2006.

The ASHE, carried out in April each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It is based on a one per cent sample of all employees who are members of pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) schemes.

Gross annual earnings for all full-time employee1 jobs

£ thousand

Cornwall

South West

England

Mean

Median

Mean

Median

Mean

Median

19993

15.3

13.4

19.2

16.7

21.6

17.9

2000

16.6

14.5

20.5

17.8

23.3

19.1

2001

17.2

15.4

21.5

18.5

24.5

20.0

2002

18.6

16.4

22.7

19.2

25.5

20.7

2003

19.9

16.8

23.7

20.0

26.5

21.5

2004 excl.

20.2

17.2

24.4

20.7

27.7

22.4

2004 inc.2

20.3

17.3

24.4

20.7

27.7

22.4

2005

21.6

17.9

25.4

21.3

28.9

23.3

2006

21.9

18.8

26.5

22.0

30.1

23.9

1 Employees on adult rates, pay not affected by absence.

2 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

3 Estimates of Gross Annual Earnings are not available prior to 1999.

Source:

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.