Average Earnings

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

(1) what the average gross weekly earning were in each council area in Northern Ireland in the latest period for which figures are available;

(2) what the average gross weekly earnings in Northern Ireland are according to the latest Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, broken down by council area.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

The average gross weekly earnings 1 in Northern Ireland for full-time employees according to the latest Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, broken down by council area are provided in the following table.

Median gross weekly earnings at

April 2005 (£)

District council Based on home postcode Based on work postcode
Antrim 379.0 340.3
Ards 329.1 282.2
Armagh 373.4 327.8
Ballymena 366.5 352.7
Ballymoney 325.6 301.5
Banbridge 396.1 (17)n/a
Belfast 402.5 414.5
Carrickfergus 356.1 401.7
Castlereagh 440.8 377.5
Coleraine 356.9 320.6
Cookstown 337.3 325.1
Craigavon 349.8 328.9
Derry 334.0 487.0
Down 374.7 294.2
Dungannon 402.1 400.1
Fermanagh 314.2 309.8
Larne 369.6 363.7
Limavady 349.1 (17)n/a
Lisburn 396.7 379.0
Magherafelt 382.0 307.9
Moyle (17)n/a 262.2
Newry and Mourne 402.7 370.8
Newtownabbey 398.0 374.6
North Down 423.4 349.9
Omagh 403.2 384.8
Strabane 299.8 298.2

(16) The information relates to employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence.

(17) Estimate is not available (n/a) due to excessive variability.

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