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  • Low Pay, April 2013 12-Dec-2013
    Presents information about the lower end of the earnings distribution and estimates for the number of jobs paid below the national minimum wage. The estimates are based on data from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE).
  • Patterns of Pay: Results from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, 1997 to 2012 28-Feb-2013
    This article presents summary analyses from the 2012 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings and compares these against the 2011 estimates and, where relevant, with the 1997 to 2011 back series.
  • Low Pay, April 2012 22-Nov-2012
    Presents information about the lower end of the earnings distribution and estimates for the number of jobs paid below the national minimum wage. The estimates are based on data from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE).
  • Real wages up 62% on average over the past 25 years. Read more... 07-Nov-2012
    The story looks at how pay has changed in the UK since 1986, comparing increases for the lowest and highest paid. It looks at changes since the introduction of the National Minimum Wage and also the impact of recessions over the period. It also shows the types of jobs that pay the most as well as differences across the regions of the UK.
  • Patterns of Pay: Results of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, 1997 to 2011 24-Feb-2012
    This article presents summary analyses from the 2011 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, and comapres these against the 2010 results and, where relevant, with the 1997 to 2010 back series.
  • Low Pay Estimates - April 2011 (SOC 2000) 23-Nov-2011
    Presents information about the lower end of the earnings distribution and estimates for the number of jobs paid below the national minimum wage. The estimates are based on data from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE).

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  • Patterns of Pay reference tables, 1997-2013 (Excel sheet 340Kb) 27-Feb-2014
    These tables accompany the Patterns of Pay article which presents an analysis of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) estimates from 1997 to 2013. ASHE is ONS's most detailed and comprehensive source of information on levels, make-up and distribution of the earnings of employees.
  • Distribution of Low Paid Jobs by 10p Bands, 1998 to 2013 (Excel sheet 382Kb) 12-Dec-2013
    Tables showing the number of UK jobs from 1998 to 2013 paid less than various 10p thresholds split by age band.
  • Jobs Paid Below Minimum Wage by Category, 1998 to 2013 (Excel sheet 140Kb) 12-Dec-2013
    Tables showing the number of UK jobs from 1998 to 2013 paid below the minimum wage by age group and by gender and full-time or part-time work. Further breakdowns include industry sector, region and major occupation groups. Estimates of the number of 16-17 year olds paid below the national minimum wage were first included in 2005. In 2011 the age at which employees are entitled to the main National Minimum Wage was changed from 22 to 21.
  • Patterns of Pay tables, 1997-2012 (Excel sheet 361Kb) 28-Feb-2013
    These tables accompany the Patterns of Pay article which presents an analysis of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) estimates from 1997 to 2012. ASHE is ONS's most detailed and comprehensive source of information on levels, make-up and distribution of the earnings of employees.
  • Distribution of Low Paid Jobs by 10p Bands, 1998 to 2012 (Excel sheet 354Kb) 22-Nov-2012
    Tables of the number of UK jobs from 1998 to 2012 paid less than various 10p thresholds split by age band.
  • Jobs Paid Below Minimum Wage by Category, 1998 to 2012 (Excel sheet 133Kb) 22-Nov-2012
    Tables showing the number of UK jobs from 1998 to 2012 paid below the minimum wage by age group and by gender and full-time or part-time work. Further breakdowns include industry sector, region and major occupation groups. Estimates of the number of 16-17 year olds paid below the national minimum wage were first included in 2005. In 2011 the age at which employees are entitled to the main National Minimum Wage was changed from 22 to 21.
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