§ 52. Mr. Terry Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how the levels of youth wages have changed compared with adult wages since 1979.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
The relationship between the average weekly earnings of young people and adult employees in 1979 and 1984 is shown in the following table.
Average gross weekly earnings of full-time employees working a full week Males aged under 18 as a percentage of adult males✶ Females aged under 18 as a percentage of adult females† April 1979 39.7 58.1 April 1984 43.9 50.3 ✶ Aged 21 and over. † Aged 18 and over.
SourceNew Earnings Survey.