§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
asked the Paymaster-General what has been the increase in the ratio of median gross earnings of a full-time adult male manual worker compared with his counter-part on non-manual work between 1979 and 1986; and what estimate he has made of the effect this has had on employment in manual occupations.
§ Mr. Lee
Between April 1979 and April 1986 the ratio of the median gross weekly earnings of full-time adult male manual employees to those of full-time adult male non-manual employees is estimated to have decreased by 12.5 per cent. for Great Britain.
Summary evidence on the general link between pay and jobs is contained in "The relationship between employment and wages", a review by Treasury officials, January 1985, a copy of which is available in the Library.