HC Deb 28 July 1983 vol 46 c577W
Mr. Meacher

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the level of national average earnings each year since 1960; what has been the level of real personal disposal income for the average paid employee, after taking account of payment of national insurance contributions and tax, and after inflation, for each of these years; and what has been the percentage increase in the latter each year.

Mr. Gummer

Figures of average gross weekly earnings for all full-time adult employees, based on the new earnings survey, are published inEmployment Gazette, copies of which are in the Library. The edition for June 1983, table 5.6, gives figures for 1975 to 1982 inclusive and the edition for September 1980, table 126, gives figures for 1972 to 1974 inclusive. Comparable information is not available for earlier years, but figures relating to manual and non-manual employees covering most sectors other than services for the years between 1960 and 1977 were published in Employment Gazette for May 1978 — pages 520 to 530. Estimates of the level of personal disposable income for full-time paid employees are not available.