§ Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what has been 13W the increase in income per head in (a) private industry and (b) the nationalised industries since 1975, taking 1975 as a base index of 100.
§ Mr. Jim Lester
The following figures are based on the average weekly earnings of adult employees in April.
April 1975=100 Index of average gross weekly earnings (a) in April 1980 Private sector Men aged 21 and over 208 Women aged 18 and over 216 (b)(c) Public Corporations Men aged 21 and over 199 Women aged 18 and over 206 Source: new earnings survey. Notes: (a) Based on employees whose pay was not affected by absence. (b) Nationalised industries and other publicly-constituted trading organisations. There have been minor changes in coverage in the new earnings survey between 1975 and 1980. (c) The figures for public corporations for April 1980 are somewhat depressed in relation to those for the private sector because the 1979–80 pay round settlement for postal services is not reflected in them.