§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the real increase in earnings in the private sector in each of the past three years.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
Estimates of the percentage increase in real average gross earnings of full-time employees in the private sector are shown in the table.
Changes in real average gross weekly earnings of full-time adult employees in the private sector who worked a full week April Percentage 1981–82 * +1.3 1982–83 * +4.5 1983–84 † +4.3 * Estimates are based on earnings for men aged 21 and over and women aged 18 and over. † Estimates are based on earnings for men and women on adult rates.
These estimates are derived from the new earnings survey figures delated to constant prices using the retail price index.