HC Deb 04 November 1986 vol 103 cc374-5W
Mr. Gareth Wardell

asked the Paymaster General what information his Department collects on the trends in average hours actually worked per week per employed person and activity sector for England and Wales.

Mr. Lee

An index of average weekly hours worked by operatives in manufacturing industries in Great Britain (but not in England and Wales separately) is published each month in table 1.12 of the labour market data section ofEmployment Gazette. This index is based on the average basic hours worked by operatives covered by national wage agreements, together with the hours of overtime worked and hours lost through short-time working.

Table 5.6 of the labour market data section of Employment Gazette gives information from the new earnings survey, which is conducted each April, on average weekly hours of full-time employees in Great Britain in manufacturing industries and all industries and services. Table 5.4 gives similar information for certain industries for full-time manual employees by industry in the United Kingdom for October.

Estimates of the average hours worked by persons in employment in all industries in England and Wales in the spring of each year can also be derived from the labour force survey.

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