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Cabinet Office written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average number of hours worked per week by (a) men and (b) women in full-time employment was in each year for which figures are available.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated January 2011:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what the average number of hours worked per week by (a) men and (b) women in full-time employment were in each year. 35748.

The table provides the information requested for the September to November quarter each year from 1992 onwards. Comparable estimates are not available prior to 1992. The estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and are seasonally adjusted. They are published in the monthly Labour Market Statistical Bulletin which is available on the National Statistics website.

As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. Indications of the sampling variability of LFS aggregate estimates are provided in the Statistical Bulletin.

Actual weekly hours of people aged 16 and over in full-time employment, three months ending November, 1992 to 2010, United Kingdom, seasonally adjusted
Average actual weekly hours for full-time workers( 1)
Men Women
1992 40.1 34.3
1993 40.0 34.0
1994 40.6 34.4
1995 40.6 34.3
1996 40.8 34.7
1997 40.7 34.8
1998 40.5 34.5
1999 40.1 34.3
2000 39.8 34.2
2001 39.5 34.3
2002 39.3 34.0
2003 39.0 33.8
2004 39.2 34.1
2005 39.1 34.1
2006 38.8 34.0
2007 39.0 33.7
2008 38.8 33.7
2009 38.7 33.7
2010 38.9 33.8
(1) Main job only. The identification of full-time workers is based on respondents' self-classification.


Labour Force Survey.

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