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Release: Patterns of Pay, 1997 to 2012 ASHE Results

Released: 28 February 2013


Mark Williams

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456120

Categories: Labour Market, People in Work, Earnings, Hours of Work

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Other area classification

  • In April 2012 median gross weekly earnings were £506 (for full-time UK employees on adult rates whose earnings were not affected by absence), up 1.5% from £498 in April 2011.
  • Between 2011 and 2012 gross weekly earnings for full-time employees in the bottom decile grew by 2.0% to £282, compared with growth of 0.1% in the top decile to £999.
  • For the 2011/12 tax year median gross annual earnings for full-time employees on adult rates who had been in the same job for at least 12 months (including those whose pay was affected by absence) were £26,500. For men, median gross annual earnings were £28,700 while the comparable figure for women was £23,100.
  • In April 2012 median hourly earnings (excluding overtime) for full-time employees were £12.76, up 1.6% from £12.56 in 2011. Women’s hourly earnings were £12.00 and men’s hourly earnings were £13.27.
  • The stronger growth in women’s hourly earnings (excluding overtime) compared with men’s (up 2.2% compared with 1.1%) meant that the gender pay gap for full-time employees narrowed to 9.6% in 2012, from 10.5% in 2011.

The Patterns of Pay article presents an analysis of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) results. ASHE is ONS’s most detailed and comprehensive source of information on levels of earnings, make-up of total earnings and distribution of the earnings of employees. 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.

The first few sections of this article present summary analyses: overall medians, make-up and distribution of earnings of the current year’s ASHE results. The analysis compares the current year’s results with the previous year’s results (and where relevant to the series back to 1997). Of particular interest are the variations in earnings between different industries, occupations, regions and age groups and how these variations have changed over time.

Further information is available from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings Guidance and Methodology section

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