§ Mr. J. H. Osborn
asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) which 12 industrial and trade groups in industry have received the lowest increase in wages and salaries during the past 12 months and past 18 months, respectively; and what is their average gross pay now, and the amount of increase in each case.
(2) which 12 industrial and trade groups in industry now receive the highest wages and salaries per week; and what is the average gross pay per head per week in each case;
(3) which 12 industrial and trade groups in industry have received the highest increase in wages and salaries during the past 12 months and past 18 months, respectively; and what is their average take home pay now, and the amount of the increase in each case;
(4) which 12 industrial and trade groups in industry now receive the lowest wages and salaries per week; and what is the average gross pay per week in each case.
§ Mr. Bryan
Following is a table giving the information requested at the latest available date. Details of increases in pay over the previous 18 months are not readily available because of changes in the industrial classification used:
Industries Covered by Regular Earnings Enquiry—October, 1970 Full Time Manual Men Highest Average Cross Weekly Earnings £ Printing, publishing of periodicals 45.96 Printing, publishing of newspapers 39.55 Sugar Manufacture 36.88 Wheeled Tractor Manufacturing 36.63 Port and Inland Water Transport 36.28 Air Transport 35.66 Mineral Oil Refining 34.38 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 33.30 Other printing, publishing, book-binding, engraving, etc. 32.52 Insulated wires and cables 32.47 Cement Manufacturing 32.37 Soap and detergents manufacturing 32.23
Lowest Average Gross Weekly Earnings Repair of boots and shoes 20.29 Local Government service 20.97 Laundries 21.73 Leather goods 21.77 Dry cleaning etc 21.82 Dress industries not elsewhere specified 22.14 Jute Manufacturing 22.20 Weatherproof outerwear 22.23 Rope, Twine and net manufacturing 22.59 Made-up textiles 22.62 Brush and broom manufacturing 22.62 Overalls and men's shirts, under-wear etc. 22.85
Highest increases over previous 12 months Percentage increase Earnings October '70 £ Wheeled tractor manufacturing 36.4 36.63 National Government service* 27.6 23.28 Sugar manufacturing 27.5 36.88 Other drink industries‡ 26.8 29.87 Port and inland water transport 26.1 36.28 Lubricating oils and greases 25.4 29.33 Manufactured stationery 25.1 30.02 Locomotive and railway track equipmentt† 23.6 28.15 Linoleum, plastics floor covering, leather cloth, etc. 23.1 27.53 Brewing and malting 22.7 29.99 Insulated wires and cables 21.8 32.47 Air transport 21.2 35.66 * Many National Government employees are included under other industries, e.g. engineering. † Excluding railway workshops. ‡Comprises Spirit distilling and compounding British wines, cider and perry.
Lowest increases over previous 12 months Industrial engines 4.8 28.10 Hosiery and other knitted goods 5.1 25.85 Toilet preparations 5.1 26.70 Toys, games, children's carriages and sports equipment 5.4 25.89 Electronic computers 5.8 31.08 Miscellaneous stationers' goods 6.4 24.78 Repair of boots and shoes 6.6 20.29 Women's and girls' tailored outerware 7.3 23.90 Office machinery 7.7 27.32 Dry cleaning etc. 7.8 21.82 Hats, caps and millinery 8.0 23.02 Leather goods 8.0 21.77