HC Deb 17 November 1981 vol 13 cc92-3W
Mr. Deakins

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the correlation between basic wage rates and average earnings (a) in manufacturing industry and (b) in the non-manufacturing public sector.

Mr. Peter Morrison

The new earnings survey provides a breakdown of average weekly earnings between overtime pay, payments by results and so on, pay, shift and so on, premium pay and all other pay. The last category will correspond broadly with "basic" pay, although it will also include some allowances not covered in the previous categories, for example, London weighting.

The following figures relate to manual male employees whose pay was not affected by absence in the survey period in April 1980.

£ per week
Industry group (Standard Industrial Classification 1968) Average gross weekly earnings "Basic" earnings (average gross weekly earnings excluding overtime, PBR, etc., pay and shift premium pay)
Manufacturing industries (Orders III to XIX) 115.2 84.5
Main non-manufacturing industries which are predominantly in the public sector:
Coal-mining (MLH 101) 146.5 98.0
Gas, water and electricity (Order XXI) 127.6 98.6
Railways (MLH 701) 108.6 69.2
Postal services and telecommunications (MLH 708) 108.3 81.2
Educational services (MLH 872) 90.2 74.7
Medical and dental services (MLH 874) 106.0 74.9
Public administration (Order XXVII) 99.7 73.8

Source: New Earnings Survey 1980: Part A Table 4.

Comparable figures for manual female employees and non-manual employees can be derived from tables 5 to 7 of the 1980 report.

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