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Release: Patterns of Pay, 1997 to 2011 ASHE Results

Released: 24 February 2012 Next edition: 28 February 2013


Mark Williams

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456120

Categories: Labour Market, People in Work, Earnings, Earnings by Gender, Earnings by Industry, Earnings by Region, Low Pay

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Other

Survey name(s): Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE)

  • In April 2011 median gross weekly earnings were £501 (for full-time UK employee jobs on adult rates whose earnings were not affected by absence), up 0.4 per cent from £499 in 2010.

  • Between 2010 and 2011 the weekly earnings for full-time employees in the bottom decile grew by 0.7 per cent to £278, compared with growth of 1.6 per cent in the top decile to £1,002.

  • For the 2010/11 tax year median gross annual earnings for full-time employees on adult rates who have been in the same job for at least 12 months were £26,200. For males, median gross annual earnings were £28,400 while the comparable figure for females was £22,900.

  • In April 2011 median hourly earnings excluding overtime for full-time employees were £12.62, up 1.0 per cent from £12.50 in 2010. Women’s hourly earnings were £11.91 and men's hourly earnings were £13.11.

  • The stronger growth in women’s hourly earnings excluding overtime compared with men’s (1.9 per cent compared with 0.8 per cent) meant that the gender pay gap for full-time employees narrowed to 9.1 per cent in 2011, from 10.1 per cent in 2010.

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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