The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Dennis Roberts, dated January 2010:
The Director General for the Office for National Statistics has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the (a) mean and (b) median full-time wage for (i) private sector and (ii) public sector employees was in (A) 1997 and (B) the most recent period for which figures are available. I am replying in his absence. (312358)
The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), carried out in April each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. Levels of earnings are estimated from the ASHE, and are provided for employees on adult rates of pay, whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence. The public and private sector breakdown is based on the Inter-Departmental Business Register legal status.
I attach a table showing the mean and median gross weekly earnings for all full-time employees in the public and private sectors for 1997 and 2009.
|Mean and median weekly pay-gross for full-time employee jobs( 1) : United Kingdom 1997 and 2009|
|(1) Full-time employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence. As at April of each year. |
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.