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 Gross weekly (constant price £) pay for employee jobs( a) by place of work Gateshead Median Mean Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female 2005 *460 *312 x **117 511 380 **207 *140 2004(b) *440 *306 x *117 507 359 **138 *136 2004 *444 *304 x **118 515 359 **143 *138 2003 *402 *304 x **127 461 347 **131 *142 2002 405 *298 x **126 461 343 **159 *140 2001 *417 *291 x **120 480 *342 **109 *133 2000 *420 *283 **104 **111 468 328 **121 *136 1999 *407 *278 x **114 459 333 **108 *132 1998 *411 *277 x **104 471 *317 x *126 1997 *413 *283 x *111 451 326 **169 *127 a. Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence. b. In 2004 additional supplementary surveys were introduced to improve the coverage of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. Figures are presented both excluding and including the additional surveys for comparison purposes. Guide to quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of a figure, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an average of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent., we would expect the population average to be within the range 180 to 220. Key: CV <= 5 per cent. * CV > 5 per cent. and <= 10 per cent. ** CV > 10 per cent. and <= 20 per cent. x CV > 20 per cent. The median replaces the mean as the headline statistic. The weighted mean is the sum of the weighted values divided by the sum of the weights. The median is the value below which 50 per cent. of employees fall. It is preferred over the mean for earnings data as it is influenced less by extreme values and because of the skewed distribution of earnings data. Note: Constant price terms have been uprated using the Retail Prices Index (RPI), re-based at April 2005. Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics.

Mr. Drew: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average wage for (i) full-time male, (ii) full-time female, (iii) part-time male and (iv) part-time female employees and (b) average household income for working age households was in the Stroud District Council area in (A) cash and (B) constant price terms in each of the last 10 years. [95343]

John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 23 October 2006

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the (a) average wage for (i) full-time male, (ii) full-time female, (iii) part time male and (iv) part time female employees and (b) average household income for working age households was in the Stroud District Council area in (A) cash and (B) constant price terms in each of the last 10 years. (95343).

Currently average earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for employees on adult rates of pay whose pay was unaffected by absence during the pay period. This is the standard definition used for ASHE. The ASHE does not collect data on the self employed and people who do unpaid work.

I have attached tables containing statistics on earnings from the ASHE for the years 1997-2005. The second table shows these earnings statistics expressed in 2005 prices by uprating with the Retail Price Index (RPI).

Average household income for working age households by council area is not available. Household income statistics for all households in the UK, based on the Family Resources Survey, are produced by the Department of Work and Pensions. Additionally the Office for National Statistics has produced statistics for wards for 2001-02 only. These estimates are based on a statistical model and are experimental statistics—they have been developed in accordance with the principles set out in the National Statistics Code of Practice but are not accredited as National Statistics.

The ASHE, carried out in April of each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It is a one per cent sample of all employees who are members of pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) schemes, but because of its sampling frame, it has difficulty capturing data on people with very low pay. It is therefore likely to under-represent relatively low paid staff earning below the tax threshold.

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 Gross weekly (cash £) pay for employee jobs( a) by place of work Median Mean Stroud Full time male Full time female Part time male Part time female Full time male Full time female Part time male Part time female 2005 (1)475 (2)316 (3)— (2)110 (1)523 (1)404 (2)162 (1)137 2004(b) (1)441 (2)337 (3)— (3)— (1)482 (1)403 (3)— (2)151 2004 (1)439 (2)342 (3)— (3)— (1)494 (1)399 (3)— (1)150 2003 (1)428 (2)346 (3)— (3)— 477 (1)376 (3)— (1)140 2004 (1)424 (2)278 (3)— (2)114 (1)493 (1)337 (3)— (2)136 2001 (1)416 (2)281 (2)142 (3)— (1)493 (1)326 (3)— (2)160 2000 (1)407 (2)260 (3)— (2)109 (1)451 (1)279 (2)126 (2)135 1999 (1)361 (2)248 (3)— (2)115 405 (1)282 (3)— (2)151 1998 (1)379 (2)235 (3)— (3)— 420 (1)267 (3)— (2)141 1997 (1)363 (2)221 (3)— (2)102 391 (1)249 (3)— (1)101

 Gross weekly (constant price £ ) pay for employee jobs( a,c) by place of work Stroud Median Mean Full time male Full time female Part time male Part time female Full time male Full time female Part time male Part time female 2005 (1)475 (2)316 (3)— (2)110 (1)523 (1)404 (2)162 (1)137 2004(b) (1)454 (2)347 (3)— (3)— (1)496 (1)415 (3)— (2)156 2004 (1)452 (2)352 (3)— (3)— (1)509 (1)411 (3)— (1)155 2003 (1)454 (2)367 (3)— (3)— 506 (1)399 (3)— (1)148 2002 (1)462 (2)303 (3)— (2)124 (1)537 (1)367 (3)— (2)148 2001 (1)462 (2)312 (2)158 (3)— (1)547 (1)362 (3)— (2)178 2000 (1)460 (2)294 (3)— (2)123 (1)510 (1)315 (2)142 (2)153 1999 (1)419 (2)288 (3)— (2)133 470 (1)327 (3)— (2)175 1998 (1)447 (2)277 (3)— (3)— 496 (1)315 (3)— (2)166 1997 (1)446 (2)272 (3)— (2)125 481 (1)306 (3)— (1)124 Note: The median replaces the mean as the headline statistic. The weighted mean is the sum of the weighted values divided by the sum of the weights. The median is the value below which 50 per cent of employees fall. It is preferred over the mean for earnings data as it is influenced less by extreme values and because of the skewed distribution of earnings (a) Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence. (b) In 2004 additional supplementary surveys were introduced to improve the coverage of the annual survey of hours and earnings. Figures are presented both excluding and including the additional surveys for comparison purposes. (c) Constant price terms have been uprated using the Retail Prices Index (RPI), re-based at April 2005. Guide to quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of a figure, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an average of 200 with a CV of 5 per cent., we would expect the population average to be within the range 180 to 220. Key: CV<=5% (1 )CV>5%and<=10% (2) CV>10%and<=20% (3) CV>20% Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, Office for National Statistics