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In April 2016 median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees were £539, up 2.2% on April 2015.
More timely but less detailed data show average weekly earnings for the whole economy, including bonuses, were 2.1% higher in the three months to April 2017 compared with the year before. Excluding bonuses, average weekly earnings increased by 1.7%. Inflation as measured by the CPI averaged 2.4% over the same period.
After adjusting for inflation, average weekly earnings including bonuses decreased by 0.4% compared to last year. Excluding bonuses, real average weekly earnings decreased by 0.7% compared to last year.
Trends by Sector
Average weekly total pay (including bonuses) grew by 2.3% in the private sector in the three months to April 2017, compared with the year before. In the public sector, total pay increased by 1.1%.
Median weekly earnings for full-time employees in the UK were £539 in April 2016. (The median is the point at which half earn more and half earn less).
Median hourly earnings (excluding overtime) were £13.59 for full-time employees; £14.16 for men working full-time and £12.82 for women.
Median hourly earnings (excluding overtime) were £8.88 for part-time employees; £8.48 for men working part-time, and £8.99 for women. Women are more likely than men to work part-time.
Commons Briefing papers SN02795
Authors: Jennifer Brown; Andy Powell