ONS has two main sources of data on employee earnings (i.e. the payment that people receive from work). Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) provides time series estimates (updated monthly) of change in average earnings. Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), meanwhile, is the source of more in-depth detail about lots of topics such as the gender Pay Gap, and low pay. Working hours information comes from both ASHE and the Labour Force Survey.
In April 2017, median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees in the UK were £550, up 2.2% from £539 in 2016.
The 2.2% growth seen this year is the joint highest since the economic downturn in 2008 (matching that seen in 2013 and 2016). Similarly the median gross weekly earnings for part-time employees also increased, from £177 in 2016 to £182 in 2017 (2.9%).
Adjusted for inflation, full-time workers’ weekly earnings decreased by 0.4% compared with 2016. This is the first time since 2014 that there has been a fall in this measure and reflects a higher level of inflation in April 2017 (2.6%) compared with recent years, for example, in April 2016 inflation was 0.7%.
Gender pay gap estimates for all, full-time and part-time employees by age, occupation, country, region, county, local authority, LEPs, parliamentary constituency, Travel To Work Area, public/private sector and industry, provided back to 1997.
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Latest figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show 744,000 people are employed on a “zero-hours contract” in their main job. This represents 2.4% of all people in employment, an increase of 0.4% from the same period in 2014. People on a “zero-hours contract” are more likely to be women, in full-time education or in young or older age groups. They are likely to work 25 hours a week.