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Earnings

Volume 711: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the percentage changes in public and private sector average earnings including bonuses in each quarter of the past three years; and what was the annualised differential in growth or decline in average earnings including bonuses between the two sectors in those three years. [HL3862]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, National Statistician, to Lord Laird, dated May 2009.

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question concerning public and private sector average earnings. (HL3862)

The table below provides information on the growth rates (three month average on the same three months a year earlier) in average earnings including bonuses in each of the two sectors for each quarter in the past three years. The third column shows the difference between the two series, calculated on the rounded data. The final column shows the annual average of this difference for the past three years.

Growth in average earnings including bonuses

(Three month on a year earlier, seasonally adjusted data)

Public sector

Private sector

Difference

Annual average

2006 Q2

3.7

4.8

1.1

Q3

3.5

4.0

0.5

Q4

3.2

4.3

1.1

2007 Q1

3.1

4.6

1.5

1.0

Q2

3.1

3.6

0.5

Q3

3.0

4.4

1.4

Q4

3.3

3.3

0.2

2008 Q1

3.8

4.9

1.1

0.8

Q2

3.2

3.6

0.4

Q3

3.9

3.1

-0.8

Q4

4.0

2.8

-1.2

2009 Q1

3.6

-1.2

-4.8

-1.6

The information in the first two columns is published every month in the Integrated Labour Market First Release. Longer runs of data are available on the National Statistics website at:

www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=1944

www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/tsdtablesl.asp?vlnk=emp.