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Average Earnings: Key Economic Indicators

Published Monday, May 23, 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 2.0% higher in the three months to March 2016 compared with the year before. Excluding bonuses, average weekly earnings increased by 2.1%. Inflation as measured by the CPI averaged 0.3% over the same period.

Trends by Sector

Average total weekly pay (including bonuses) grew by 2.1% in the private sector in the three months to February 2016, compared with the year before. In the public sector, total pay increased by 0.6%.

Sectors seeing larger increases in average earnings over the year to March 2016 included construction (up 7.5%).

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: Feargal McGuinness

Topics: Economic situation, Pay

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