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Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE)

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom.  It provides information about the levels, distribution and make-up of earnings and hours paid for employees by gender and full-time/part-time working.  Estimates are available for various breakdowns including industries, occupations, geographies and age-groups within the UK.  ASHE is used to produce hours and earnings statistics for a range of weekly, annual and hourly measures. 

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ASHE is the official source of estimates for the number of jobs paid below the national minimum wage.

ASHE is also used to produce estimates of the proportions of jobs within workplace pension categories.

ASHE is based on a one per cent sample of employee jobs taken from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) PAYE records. Information on earnings and hours is obtained from employers and treated confidentially. ASHE does not cover the self-employed nor does it cover employees not paid during the reference period.

Interactive content 

ONS has developed two new interactive tools which can be used to explore the geographical breakdowns for gross weekly earnings.  These are an animated chart showing regional earnings since 1997 and a cartogram map showing earnings by local authority areas.

Contact information

If you cannot find what you are looking for or require further help or information about ASHE please contact us:
By email at:
By telephone on: +44 (0)1633 456120
By post at:
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE)
Room 1.024
Office for National Statistics
Cardiff Road
NP10 8XG

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