Growth in median gross weekly earnings of full-time employees by sex, United Kingdom
The results of the 2005 ASHE show that median weekly pay for full-time employees in the UK grew by 2.8 per cent in April 2005 to reach £431. Median earnings of full-time male employees were £471 per week in April 2005; for women the median was £372.
The top 10 per cent of the earnings distribution earned more than £851 per week, while the bottom 10 per cent earned less than £235. Between April 2004 and 2005 the distribution of gross weekly pay widened, with 2.1 per cent increase at the bottom decile, and a 4.3 per cent increase at the top decile.
The median annual pay for full-time women increased by 4.8 per cent in 2005 to £19,400. Median annual earnings for full-time employees for the 2004-05 tax year stood at £22,900, up 3.8 per cent on the previous year. Full-time males earned £25,100, up 3.5 per cent.
Full-time weekly earnings in London were £556, significantly higher than in other regions, where they ranged from £386 in the North East to £450 in the South East.
The occupations with the highest earnings in 2005 were 'Health professionals', (median pay of full-time employees of £1,021 a week), followed by 'Corporate managers' (£663) and 'Science and technology professionals' (£633). The lowest paid of all full-time employees were 'Sales occupations', at £245 a week.
The monetary difference between the median level of full-time earnings in the public sector (£476 per week in April 2005) and the private sector (£412 per week) has widened over the year to April 2005; in 2004 the figures were £456 and, £403 respectively.
As part of the survey redesign resulting in the development of a new Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), a new version of the ASHE questionnaire was used in 2005. ONS is publishing 2005 summary results based on the new questionnaire, along with 2004 results adjusted to be on a comparable basis.
Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings The median is the value below which 50 per cent of employees fall.
Notes: Pay refers to gross pay (before tax) of full-time employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey week was unaffected by absence. Annual and weekly earnings include overtime.
The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings is based on a 1 per cent sample of employees in United Kingdom and in 2005 information was collected for the pay period that included 6 April.