Average weekly earnings excluding bonus payments rose by 1.1% comparing April to June 2013 with the same period a year earlier. In cash terms, average weekly earnings excluding bonus payments were £447 in June 2013, before taxes and other deductions from gross pay; this is up from £443 a year earlier.
The average weekly wage, including bonus payments, rose by 2.1% comparing April to June 2013 with the same period a year earlier. This is the first time the growth rate has exceeded 2% since late 2011. The relatively high growth rate for April to June 2013 partly reflects unusually high bonus payments in April 2013. Some businesses have reported that they paid bonuses in March last year but in April this year. At £473 in June 2013, average weekly wages including bonus payments were £3 higher when compared with June 2012.
Annual growth in wages excluding bonuses continues to be low
Since 2000 earnings growth, both including and excluding bonuses, has generally been positive. In other words, pay has been increasing year on year. The one exception to this is that pay growth including bonuses was negative in early 2009; in other words, pay in early 2009 was lower than a year previously. This was during the 2008/09 recession, when there was a large dip in bonus payments, particularly in the financial sector.
Since 2008, the rate of increase in average earnings has slowed which means that average pay has been increasing, but at a slower rate than previously.
Earnings measures money paid to employees in return for work done, before tax and other deductions from pay. The estimates relate to Great Britain and include salaries but not unearned income, benefits in kind or arrears of pay.
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