In October 2013 the volume of monthly construction output increased by 5.3% when compared with October 2012. There were increases in both new work (up by 5.1%) and repair and maintenance (up by 5.6%).
In the year to April 2013, median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees increased by 2.2% to £517. The gender pay gap increased from 9.5% to 10.0%. In April 2012 there were 279 thousand jobs with pay less than the national minimum wage.
The largest expenditure categories were housing (excluding mortgages) fuel and power, transport, and recreation and culture.
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Production output increased by 3.2% in October 2013, compared with October 2012. Manufacturing output increased by 2.7% in October 2013, compared with October 2012.