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Public and Private Sector: Salaries

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the percentage differences in median full-time weekly earnings between the public sector and private sector for (1) the United Kingdom, (2) England, (3) Scotland, (4) Wales and (5) Northern Ireland; and what those figures are when the pension benefit provisions for each sector are incorporated.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, Director General for ONS, to Lord Laird, dated November 2011.

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what are the percentage differences in median full-time weekly earnings between the public sector and private sector for (1) the United Kingdom, (2) England, (3) Scotland, (4) Wales and (5) Northern Ireland; and what those figures are when the pension benefit provisions for each sector are incorporated. (HL1 3729)

Average levels of earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for all employees on adult rates of pay whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence. The ASHE, carried out in April each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom and is based on a one per cent sample of employee jobs taken from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) PAYE records.

Although the ASHE collects data on occupational pension schemes and pension contributions, ASHE does not support the calculation of estimates for median full-time weekly earnings which incorporate pension benefit provisions.

I attach a table showing the percentage differences in median full-time weekly earnings between the public sector and private sector for (1) the United Kingdom, (2) England, (3) Scotland, (4) Wales and (5) Northern Ireland for 2011, the latest period for which figures are available.

Percentage differences in median full-time weekly earnings between the Public sector and Private sector for, 2011
Gross weekly pay £
Public Private Percentage difference
UK 555.9 476.2 16.7
England 559.2 481.9 16.0
Scotland 559.4 448.2 24.8
Wales 506.7 415.7 21.9
Northern Ireland 557.9 394.2 41.5

a: Full-time employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence. As at April 2011.

Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.

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