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In April 2018 median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees in the UK were £569, up 3.5% on April 2017. This was the highest growth in earnings since 2008. Adjusted for inflation, median earnings for full-time employees increased by 1.2%.
More timely but less detailed data show average weekly earnings for all employees in Great Britain increased by 3.4% excluding bonuses in the three months to May 2019 compared with the previous year. Average weekly pay including bonuses increased by 3.6%.
Inflation as measured by the CPI averaged 2% over the same period. After adjusting for inflation, average weekly earnings excluding bonuses were 1.6% higher than the previous year and average pay including bonuses were 1.4% higher.
Trends by Sector
Average weekly total pay (including bonuses) grew by 3.4% in the private sector and by 3.6% in the public sector in the three months to May 2019 compared with the year before.
Median weekly earnings for full-time employees in the UK were £569 in April 2018. (The median is the point at which half earn more and half earn less).
Median hourly earnings (excluding overtime) were £14.31 for full-time employees at April 2018: £14.81 for men working full-time and £13.54 for women.
Median hourly earnings (excluding overtime) were £9.36 for part-time employees; £9.07 for men and £9.47 for women. Women are more likely than men to work part-time.
The median is the point at which half earn more and half earn less.
Commons Briefing papers SN02795
Authors: Andy Powell; Brigid Francis-Devine