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Average Earnings

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of year-on-year trends in the level of average weekly earnings in each year since 2010.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Statistics on average weekly earnings growth are published by the independent Office for National Statistics.

In August 2010, real (total) pay fell by 0.5%. In August 2019 the real (total) pay growth was 1.9% - an increase in the rate of real wage growth of 2.4 percentage points.

The highest real (total) pay growth, between Aug 10Aug 19, was in Aug 15 (2.6%).

Under the Triple Lock the basic State Pension and the full rate of the new State Pension will be raised the highest of: the rise in prices, the rise in earnings or 2.5%. The relevant measure for earnings is the year-on-year change in Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) from May to July published by the ONS in October, standing at 3.9%


Growth in nominal average weekly total pay

August 2010

1.8 %

August 2011


August 2012


August 2013


August 2014


August 2015


August 2016


August 2017


August 2018


August 2019


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