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Pay

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average rate of change of pay growth, including bonuses, in the (a) private and (b) public sector was in the last 12 months. (287348)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, July 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking for the average rate of change of pay growth, including bonuses, in the (a) private and (b) public sector in the last 12 months. (287348)

This information is published each month in Table IS of the Labour Market Statistics Statistical Bulletin. The Table provides annual growth rates based on single months and rates based on three monthly averages. The ONS preferred measure is the three monthly rate as it is less erratic. The latest information, relating to May 2009, was published on 15 July—the three monthly rates for the private sector and public sector are reproduced at the Annex. The Table shows that private sector pay in the three months ending in May was 1.9 per cent. higher than the same three months a year ago. This compares to a growth of 3.5 per cent. in the public sector.

Average Earnings Index: Three monthly growth rates, (average of the latest three months compared to same three months a year earlier)

Private sector (%)

Public sector (%)

June 2008

3.2

3.3

July 2008

3.5

3.4

August 2008

3.4

3.5

September 2008

3.1

3.9

October 2008

3.2

3.8

November 2008

2.9

4.0

December 2008

2.8

4.0

January 2009

1.2

4.0

February 2009

-0.4

3.8

March 2009

-1.1

3.6

April 2009

0.4

3.5

May 2009

1.9

3.5

Notes:

1. Based on seasonally adjusted data.

2 Excluding arrears of pay.