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Annual survey of hours and earnings

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  • Release date: 26 October 2017
  • Period covered: April 2017
An annual report, produced by the Office for National Statistics, which provides data on average gross weekly earnings in the UK down to Local Authority level.

The survey provides information about the levels, distribution and make-up of earnings and hours worked for employees in all industries and occupations.

Key points

  • Median gross weekly earnings for full-time adults working in Wales were £498.4 in April 2017. This was 90.6 per cent of the average for the UK (£550.4). Median gross weekly earnings in Wales were the lowest amongst the 12 UK countries and English regions.
  • Median gross weekly earnings for full-time adults working in Wales increased by 1.0 per cent between 2016 and 2017, compared to a 2.2 per cent increase across the UK. Wales had the joint tenth highest percentage increase amongst the 12 UK countries and English regions.
  • Mean gross weekly earnings for full-time adults working in Wales were £578.5 in April 2017. This was 87.3 per cent of the average for the UK (£662.5). Mean gross weekly earnings in Wales were lower than any other UK country or region.
  • Mean gross weekly earnings for full-time adults working in Wales increased by 2.0 per cent between 2016 and 2017, while the UK average increased by 2.7 per cent. The percentage increase in Wales was the seventh largest increase out of the 12 UK countries and English regions.
  • Median full-time hourly earnings (excluding overtime) for women in Wales in April 2017 were 93.7 per cent of the average for men. This percentage was above that for the UK as a whole (90.9 per cent) and was the second largest amongst the UK countries and English regions. In Northern Ireland, median hourly full-time earnings for females were higher than those for males.
  • Median part-time hourly earnings (excluding overtime) for women in Wales in April 2017 were 107.0 per cent of the average for men. This percentage was higher than that for the UK as a whole (105.1 per cent) and was the third largest amongst the UK countries and English regions.
  • The gender pay gap on a median hourly full-time basis (excluding overtime) decreased between 2016 and 2017 in Wales and in the UK. In Wales the gap has decreased by 1.6 percentage points and in the UK it decreased by 0.3 percentage points. The part time gap in Wales increased by 1.7 percentage points and in the UK it increased by 1.0 percentage points [NB: the part time pay gap below the UK level can be volatile].(r)
  • Median full-time weekly earnings for those living in Wales increased by 1.3 per cent (to £505.9) over the year. The level in 2017 was 91.9 per cent of the UK average. Using the mean measure, weekly earnings for those in Wales increased by 1.8 per cent over the year to £586.4, 88.5 per cent of the UK average.

Revision note

(r) Revised on 16 November 2017

Note

As agreed with the Office for Statistics Regulation, these statistics will be updated at 12.30pm on the day of release by ONS. StatsWales tables will follow within 48 hours.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 6960
Email: economic.stats@gov.wales

Media
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