HC Deb 25 February 1986 vol 92 c496W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Paymaster General if he will list the extent to which levels of pay have risen in manufacturing industry in the west midlands each year since 1981; and if he will list the number of people on short-time working contracts in December of each year during the same period and the number of hours of overtime worked per week in the same month.

Mr. Lang

The available information is as follows:

Average gross weekly earnings of full time adult employees in manufacturing* in the West Midlands
Percentage increase
April 1981 to April 1982 9.5
April 1982 to April 1983 7.5
April 1983 to April 1984 10.0
April 1984 to April 1985 8.3

Source: New Earnings Survey.


* Orders III to XXIX of 1968 Standard Industrial Classification for 1981 to 1982 and Divisions 2 to 4 of 1980 Standard Industrial Classification for other years.

Based on males aged 21 and over and females aged 18 and over.

Based on males and females on adult rates.

Operatives* in manufacturing industry in West Midlands
Number stood off for whole or part of week Hours of overtime worked
1981 48.8 1,089.3
1982 31.2 1,094.8
1983 7.7 1,418.0
1984 7.1 1,518.4
1985 4.8 1,596.8

* All employees other than managers, works' foremen, administrative, professional, scientific, technical, clerical and sales employees. Comparable figures for employees other than operatives are not available.

Figures for December are not available.