Wage Statistics

Treasury written question – answered on 13th July 2005.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average gross weekly wage of full-time workers in (a) Hammersmith and Fulham, (b) Greater London and (c) the United Kingdom was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

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

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Greg Hands, dated 13 July 2005

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question what the average gross earnings of full time workers in (a) Hammersmith and Fulham (b) Greater London and (c) the United Kingdom were in the most recent year for which figures are available. (10901)

Average earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings and are provided for employees on adult rates of pay whose pay was unaffected by absence during the pay period, by their place of work. This is the standard definition used for Annual Survey of Hours and Earning tables. The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings does not collect data on the self employed and people who do unpaid work.

I attach a table showing the average gross weekly earnings for full time employees in Hammersmith and Fulham, Greater London and the United Kingdom in 2004. These statistics are also available on the National Statistics website on table 7:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/STATBASE/Product.asp?vlnk=13101

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, carried out in April of each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It has a one per cent sample of all employees.

Means and medians for full-time employees in the United Kingdom, London (Government Office Region) and Hammersmith and Fulham, 2004
Median CV percentage(9) Mean CV percentage(9)
United Kingdom 422.1 0.2 504.9 0.3
London 540.8 0.6 680.1 0.8
Hammersmith and Fulham 548.3 4.4 650.7 3.2

(9) Guide to quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) is given to indicate 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, e.g. 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.

Notes:

1. The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, (ASHE), carried out in April of each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It is a 1 per cent. sample of all employees.

2. The ASHE replaces the New Earnings Survey (NES) from October 2004. The main difference between the ASHE and NES being that estimates are weighted to population totals from the Labour Force Survey.

3. Average gross weekly earnings for adult full-time employees whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence.

Source:

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, ONS

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