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Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average weekly earnings were of (a) full-time and (b) part-time (i) employees, (ii) male employees and (iii) female employees in (A) the UK, (B) Yorkshire and the Humber and (C) the City of York in (1) cash and (2) real terms in each year since the City of York unitary council was established. (257976)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated February 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the average weekly earnings were of (a) full-time and (b) part-time (i) employees, (ii) male employees and (iii) female employees in (A) the UK, (B) Yorkshire and the Humber and (C) City of York in (1) cash and (2) real terms in each year since the City of York unitary council was established. (257976)

City of York unitary council was established in 1996. Since 1997, 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.

Table 1 attached below shows the median gross weekly earnings for full-time, male full-time, female full-time, part-time, male part-time and female part-time employees for the specified geographies for all years since 1997. In table 2, the figures from table 1 are expressed in 2008 prices by deflating with the Retail Price Index (RPI).

Median weekly pay, Gross, for employee jobsq: United Kingdom, Yorkshire and the Humber and York Unitary Authority, 1997 to 2008

Current prices (£)

Description

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004 b

2004 c

2005

2006 d

2006 e

2007

2008

UK

Full time

321

335

346

359

376

391

404

423

419

431

446

444

458

479

Male full time

357

373

384

398

416

430

445

463

460

471

487

484

498

521

Female full time

265

277

289

298

314

331

343

361

357

371

386

383

395

412

Part time

93

97

103

106

110

116

123

131

130

132

137

138

144

147

Male part time

84

86

96

96

99

110

113

120

121

122

128

128

137

137

Female part time

94

99

105

108

112

118

125

133

132

135

140

140

145

150

Yorkshire and the Humber

Full time

298

314

321

335

346

360

376

393

389

399

412

409

423

441

Male full time

331

346

357

374

381

395

412

433

426

435

450

449

464

485

Female full time

239

251

263

269

285

298

314

334

327

338

353

350

355

371

Part time

89

93

99

103

107

114

120

128

125

130

131

132

141

144

Male part time

*79

*92

*104

*100

*99

*109

*115

*125

*122

121

120

120

*132

*137

Female part time

90

93

99

103

108

114

121

128

126

132

134

134

144

147

York Unitary Authority

Full time

*297

323

*340

368

372

*400

405

*423

*419

414

453

451

*462

*453

Male full time

*363

*372

*382

*403

*402

448

*446

*472

*460

*454

486

481

*500

*482'

Female full time

*235

*250

*267

*286

*303

*306

*335

*342

*342

*356

*395

*391

*393

**392

Part time

**87

*93

*100

*111

**111

*117

*122

*127

*121

*127

*136

*138

*146

**149

Male part time

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Female part time

*89

*95

*101

**117

**116

*125

**124

130

*126

*133

*146

*146

*149

**153

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

b 2004 results excluding supplementary survey for comparison with 2003.

c 2004 results including supplementary surveys designed to improve coverage of the survey (for more information see National Statistics website www.statistics.gov.uk).

d 2006 results with methodology consistent with 2005.

e 2009 results with methodology consistent with 2007.

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%

* CV > 5% and <= 10%

** CV > 10% and <= 20%

X CV > 20%

Source:

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), Office for National Statistics. 1997 to 2008

Median weekly pay, Gross, for employee jobsq: United Kingdom, Yorkshire and the Humber and York Unitary Authority, 1997 to 2008

Constant (2008) prices (£)

Description

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004 b

2004 c

2005

2006 d

2006 e

2007

2008

UK

Full time

439

441

448

452

465

476

477

487

483

482

486

483

477

479

Male full time

489

491

497

500

514

524

525

534

530

526

530

527

519

521

Female full time

363

364

374

375

389

403

405

416

411

415

420

417

411

412

Part time

127

128

134

133

136

142

145

151

150

148

150

150

150

147

Male part time

115

113

124

120

122

134

133

139

139

136

140

139

142

137

Female part time

129

130

135

136

139

143

148

153

152

150

152

152

151

150

Yorkshire and the Humber

Full time

408

413

416

421

427

438

444

453

449

445

449

445

440

441

Male full time

453

455

463

470

471

481

486

499

491

485

490

489

483

485

Female full time

328

330

341

338

352

363

371

385

377

378

385

381

370

371

Part time

122

122

129

129

132

138

142

148

144

145

143

143

147

144

Male part time

*108

*121

*135

*126

*122

*133

*135

*144

*140

135

131

131

*137

*137

Female part time

123

122

129

130

133

139

143

148

145

148

146

146

150

147

York Unitary Authority

Full time

*407

425

*440

463

460

*487

478

*488

*483

463

494

491

*481

*453

Male full time

*497

*490

*495

*508

*497

546

*526

*544

*531

*507

529

523

*521

*482

Female full time

*322

*329

*346

*360

*375

*372

*395

*394

*394

*397

*430

*425

*409

**392

Part time

**119

*123

*129

*140

**137

*143

*144

*147

*140

*142

*148

*150

*152

**149

Male part time

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Female part time

*122

*124

*131

**147

**144

*152

**147

150

*145

*149

*158

*159

*155

**153

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

b 2004 results excluding supplementary survey for comparison with 2003.

c 2004 results including supplementary surveys designed to improve coverage of the survey (for more information see National Statistics website www.statistics.gov.uk).

d 2006 results with methodology consistent with 2005.

e 2009 results with methodology consistent with 2007.

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%

* CV > 5% and <= 10%

** CV > 10% and <= 20%

X CV > 20%

Source:

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), Office for National Statistics. 1997 to 2008 uprated using the RPI.