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Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) mean and (b) median salary, including the pro-rata salary for part-time workers, of (i) full-time men, (ii) full-time women, (iii) part-time men and (iv) part-time women was in the UK in each of the last 10 years. (164072)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 13 November 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) mean and (b) median salary including pro-rata salary for part-time workers of (i) full-time men, (ii) full-time women, (iii) part-time men and (iv) part-time women was in the UK in each of the last 10 years. (164072)

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. The ASHE survey, carried out in April each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom.

I attach a table showing the mean and median gross weekly earnings for full-time, part-time males and females from 1991 to 2007 for the UK.

Gross weekly pay for employee jobsa by UK

Full Time Employees

Full Time Male

Full Time Female

Median £

Growth Rate

Mean £

Growth Rate

Median £

Growth Rate

Mean £

Growth Rate

Median £

Growth Rate

Mean £

Growth Rate

1997

321

373

357

416

265

301

1998

335

5

393

5

373

4

438

6

277

4

315

5

1999

346

3

408

4

384

3

453

4

289

4

331

5

2000

359

4

425

4

398

4

472

4

298

3

345

4

2001

376

5

450

6

416

5

499

6

314

5

367

6

2002

391

4

472

5

430

4

523

5

331

5

387

5

2003

404

3

487

3

445

3

539

3

343

4

401

4

2004 excl

423

5

506

4

463

4

557

3

361

5

422

5

2004 incb

419

498

460

548

357

417

2005

431

3

516

4

471

2

568

4

371

4

436

5

2006 exclc

446

4

538

4

487

3

592

4

386

4

453

4

2006 incc

444

535

484

590

383

450

2007

457

3

550

3

498

3

606

3

394

3

463

3

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 In 2006 a small number of methodological changes were introduced to improve the quality of the survey These include changes to the sample design itself, as well as the introduction of an automatic occupation coding tool. Figures are presented both excluding and including these changes for comparison purposes.

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%, we would expect the population average to be within the range 180 to 220.

All of the figures on this table have a CV of less than 5%.

CV <= 5%

* CV > 5% and <= 10%

** CV> 10% and <=20%

x CV > 20%

Source:

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

Gross weekly pay for employee jobsa by UK

Part Time Employees

Part Time Male

Part Time Female

Median £

Growth Rate

Mean £

Growth Rate

Median £

Growth Rate

Mean £

Growth Rate

Median £

Growth Rate

Mean £

Growth Rate

1997

93

114

84

126

94

111

1998

97

5

120

6

86

3

130

3

99

5

118

6

1999

103

6

126

6

96

12

138

6

105

6

124

5

2000

106

3

131

3

96

0

133

-3

108

3

130

5

2001

110

4

135

3

99

3

137

3

112

4

134

3

2002

116

6

146

8

110

12

161

17

118

5

142

6

2003

123

6

153

5

113

2

165

2

125

6

150

6

2004 excl

131

6

162

6

120

7

172

5

133

6

159

6

2004 incb

130

161

121

172

132

158

2005

132

2

167

4

122

1

181

5

135

2

163

3

2006 exclc

137

4

174

4

128

5

188

4

140

4

170

4

2006 incc

138

173

128

188

140

169

2007

144

5

182

5

138

8

198

5

146

4

178

5

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 In 2006 a small number of methodological changes were introduced to improve the quality of the survey These include changes to the sample design itself, as well as the introduction of an automatic occupation coding tool. Figures are presented both excluding and including these changes for comparison purposes.

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%, we would expect the population average to be within the range 180 to 220.

All of the figures on this table have a CV of less than 5%.

CV <= 5%

* CV > 5% and <= 10%

** CV> 10% and <=20%

x CV > 20%

Source:

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