Patterns of pay: results of the annual survey of hours and earnings, 1997 to 2011

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Pike, Ryan
Office for National Statistics
Date of publication
24 February 2012
Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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The Annual survey of hours and earnings (ASHE) is ONS’s most detailed and comprehensive source of information on levels of earnings (for both full-time and part-time employees and for gender), make-up of total earnings (split between basic pay and other components), and distribution of earnings (the extent to which earnings are dispersed around the median). This report presents summary analyses from the 2011 ASHE and compares these to results from 2010, and where relevant, with the 1997 to 2010 back series.

Among the key points: In April 2011 median gross weekly earnings were £501 for full-time UK employee jobs on adult rates whose earnings were not affected by absence, up 0.4 per cent from £499 in 2010. Between 2010 and 2011 the weekly earnings for full-time employees in the bottom decile grew by 0.7 per cent to £278, compared with growth of 1.6 per cent in the top decile to £1,002. For the 2010/11 tax year median gross annual earnings for full-time employees on adult rates who have been in the same job for at least 12 months were £26,200. For males, median gross annual earnings were £28,400 while the comparable figure for females was £22,900. In April 2011 median hourly earnings excluding overtime for full-time employees were £12.62, up 1.0 per cent from £12.50 in 2010. Women’s hourly earnings were £11.91 and men's hourly earnings were £13.11. The stronger growth in women’s hourly earnings excluding overtime compared with men’s (1.9 per cent compared with 0.8 per cent) meant that the gender pay gap for full-time employees narrowed to 9.1 per cent in 2011, from 10.1 per cent in 2010.

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