HC Deb 30 October 2003 vol 412 c320W
Mr. Djanogly

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the current average pay in the(a) private and (b) public sector is, (i) exclusive and (ii) inclusive of work benefits. [134873]

Ruth Kelly

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Jonathan Djanogly, dated 30 October 2603: As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question on average pay in the public and private sector, both excluding and including work benefits. (134873) In April 2003, the average gross weekly earnings of full-time employees whose pay was not affected by absence, was £465.90 per week for those employed in the private sector and £480.80 per week for those in the public sector. The figures include overtime and bonuses, but do not include any non-monetary payments or benefits. This information is taken from the New Earnings Survey. None of the surveys of employers, households or individuals carried out by the Office for National Statistics collects details of non-monetary work benefits, such as company cars, private health insurance, employers' pension contributions, share schemes, etc. The Inland Revenue publish details of the value of a number of these benefits on their website at: www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/ stats/taxable_benefits/menu.htm. However, this data is; not produced for the public and private sectors separately.