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Average Earnings: Coastal Areas

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average earnings of (a) males and (b) females are in the principal seaside towns in England and Wales. (234936)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated November 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the average earnings of (a) males and (b) females are in the principal seaside towns in England and Wales. (234936)

Average levels of earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for all employees on adult rates of pay whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence.

Estimates of levels of earnings are not available by town but are available by Local Authority. I attach a table showing the median gross weekly earnings for the Local Authority associated with each principal seaside town in England and Wales in 2007.

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

Median weekly pay—Gross (£) For employee jobsa in Principal Seaside Towns in England and Wales for 2007

Male

Female

Principal seaside towns

Local authority

Male

Female

Full-time

Part-time

Full-time

Part-time

Bognor Regis

Arun

*356

**201

*389

x

**373

**128

Greater Blackpool

Blackpool UA

**362

*264

**447

x

*322

**134

Greater Bournemouth

Bournemouth UA

*382

*254

*449

x

*343

*145

Porthcawl

Bridgend/Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr

*479

*264

*488

x

*341

**123

Greater Brighton

Brighton and Hove UA

*403

*319

*456

x

*404

**163

Whitstable/Herne Bay

Canterbury

*393

**272

*433

x

*391

**135

Falmouth

Carrick

**365

**294

*425

x

*379

**151

Llandudno/Colwyn Bay/Conway

Conwy/Conwy

*350

**221

**397

x

**344

**93

Rhyl/Prestatyn

Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych

*369

**262

*386

x

**353

**134

Deal

Dover

**449

**271

**522

x

**371

**117

Sidmouth

East Devon

*404

**219

*423

x

*315

x

Skegness

East Lindsey

**339

*213

**371

x

**302

**131

Bridlington

East Riding of Yorkshire UA

470

*212

*493

x

*370

*139

Eastbourne

Eastbourne

**443

**280

**480

x

**425

**167

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth

**434

**226

*518

x

**331

**135

Hastings/Bexhill

Hastings

*357

**229

*406

x

**357

x

Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight UA

*421

*205

*474

x

*343

*159

Morecambe and Heysham

Lancaster

*466

x

*498

x

*362

**138

Ilfracombe

North Devon

**372

**239

**379

x

*311

**143

Weston-super-Mare

North Somerset UA

*513

*275

*539

x

*358

**151

Whitley Bay

North Tyneside

*391

*260

*408

x

*328

*136

St Ives/Penzance

Penwith

**312

**209

**349

x

x

x

Swanage

Purbeck

x

x

**546

x

**340

x

Newquay

Restormel

*384

**224

*418

x

*315

**162

Scarborough/Whitby

Scarborough

*389

**210

*411

x

**286

**140

Burnham-on-Sea

Sedgemoor

**396

**201

*459

x

*344

**136

Southport

Sefton

*383

*252

*422

109

*399

*139

Folkstone/Hythe

Shepway

**411

**239

**444

x

*292

**117

Southend-on-Sea

Southend-on-Sea UA

**350

*275

**414

x

*396

**142

Exmouth/Dawlish/Teignmouth

Teignbridge

*373

**241

*383

x

**307

**149

Clacton

Tendring

*348

**256

**376

x

*323

x

Thanet

Thanet

**401

*226

**429

x

**359

**154

Barry

The Vale of Glamorgan/Bro Morgannwg

**455

**275

**482

x

**402

**153

Torbay

Torbay UA

**326

**246

**360

x

*365

**127

Lowestoft

Waveney

*380

**172

390

x

**347

**113

Minehead

West Somerset

x

x

x

x

x

Weymouth

Weymouth and Portland

**314

x

*375

x

**316

x

Greater Worthing

Worthing

*425

**273

*460

x

*364

**158

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

Key:

The colour coding indicates the quality of each estimate for median gross weekly pay.

The quality of an estimate is measured by its coefficient of variation (CV), which is the ratio of the standard error of an estimate to the estimate.

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.

Key:

CV ≥= 5%

* CV ≥ 5% and <= 10%

** CV ≥ 10% and <=20%

X CV ≥ 20%

Notes:

1. Estimates provided are from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE).

2. Figures are provided for median gross weekly earnings for employees on adult rates of pay, whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence.

Source:

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