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Average Earnings: Key Economic Indicators

Published Friday, November 18, 2016

Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors.

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In April 2015 median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees were £528, up 1.8% on April 2014.

More timely but less detailed data show average weekly earnings for the whole economy, including bonuses, were 2.3% higher in the three months to August 2016 compared with the year before. Excluding bonuses, average weekly earnings also increased by 2.3%. Inflation as measured by the CPI averaged 0.7% over the same period.

Trends by Sector

Average weekly total pay (including bonuses) grew by 2.5% in the private sector in the three months to September 2016, compared with the year before. In the public sector, total pay increased by 1.4%.

Pay Levels

Median weekly earnings for full-time employees in the UK were £528 in April 2015. (The median is the point at which half earn more and half earn less).

Median hourly earnings (excluding overtime) were £13.29 for full-time employees; £13.84 for men working full-time and £12.54 for women.

Median hourly earnings (excluding overtime) were £8.44 for part-time employees; £8.04 for men working part-time, and £8.56 for women. Women are more likely than men to work part-time.

Commons Briefing papers SN02795

Author: Jennifer Brown

Topics: Economic situation, Pay

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