An annual report, produced by the Office for National Statistics, which provides data on average hourly, weekly and annual earnings in the UK down to Local Authority level for 2018.

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 £509.0 in April 2018. This was 89.5% of the average for the UK (£569.0). Median gross weekly earnings in Wales were the second lowest amongst the 12 UK countries and English regions.
  • Median gross weekly earnings for full-time adults working in Wales increased by 2.1% between 2017 and 2018, compared to a 3.5% increase across the UK. Wales had the eleventh highest percentage increase amongst the 12 UK countries and English regions.
  • Median full-time hourly earnings (excluding overtime) for women in Wales in April 2018 were 92.8% of the average for men. This percentage was above that for the UK as a whole (91.4%) and was the third 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 2018 were 104.0% of the average for men. This percentage was lower than that for the UK as a whole (104.4%) and was the sixth largest amongst the UK countries and English regions.
  • The gender pay gap on a median hourly full-time basis (excluding overtime) in April 2018 was 7.3% in Wales and 8.6% in the UK. In Wales the gap has increased by 0.9 percentage points and in the UK it decreased by 0.5 percentage points.
  • For part time employees women earn more than men, resulting in a negative pay gap. The gender pay gap on a median hourly part-time basis (excluding overtime) in April 2018 stood at -4.0% in Wales and -4.4% in the UK. In Wales the gap has narrowed by 3.0 percentage points and in the UK it narrowed by 0.9 percentage points. [NB: the part time pay gap below the UK level can be volatile].
  • Median full-time weekly earnings for those living in Wales increased by 2.5% (to £518.6) over the year. The level in 2018 was 91.1% of the UK average.

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