§ 34. Mr. J. H. Osborn
asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity if she will tabulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT the average weekly earnings of those in employment in each of the regions and the average hourly rate paid to them.294W
§ Mr. Hattersley
Regional figures of average weekly and hourly earnings of adult men manual workers obtained from the regular half-yearly inquiry in October, 1968 were published in theEmployment and Productivity Gazette in February.
The new type of sample survey of earnings in September, 1968 covered employees in all occupations in all industries. The first results published in the Gazette in May included distributions of weekly earnings, by region, of full-time adults paid for a full week. Other regional figures will be published later. I am circulating the figures of median earnings in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
Following is the information:
MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS BY REGION: SEPTEMBER, 1968 FULL-TIME ADULTS PAID FOR A FULL WEEK Men(21 or over) Women (18 and over) £ £ South Eastern 25.2 14.0 East Anglia 22.0 11.7 South Western 21.8 11.7 West Midlands 24.4 12.1 East Midlands 23.0 12.3 Yorkshire and Humberside 22.4 11.6 North Western 23.3 12.0 Northern 22.6 11.7 Wales 23.0 11.8 Scotland 22.4 11.8 Great Britain 23.6 12.5
(1) The median figure is such that 50 per cent. earn more and 50 per cent. earn less.
(2) The figures relate to those who normally work more than 30 hours a week (excluding overtime and main meal breaks) and exclude those paid for less than their normal basic hours.
(3) The figures exclude income in kind received from their employers and also gratuities and tips.
(4) The method of measuring weekly earnings is described in the Employment and Productivity Gazette, May, 1969.