HC Deb 10 February 1995 vol 254 cc447-8W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people currently earn(a) less than £1.50 an hour, (b) between £1.50 and £2.00 an hour, (c) between £2.00 and £2.50 an hour, (d) between £2.50 and £3.00 an hour, (e) between £3.00 and £3.50 an hour and (f) between £3.50 and £4.00 an hour.

Mr. Ancram

Information on hourly earnings in Northern Ireland is available only from the new earning survey and relates to the proportion of employees within each earnings band. The latest available figures are for April 1994 and are as follows:

Percentage of employees earning:
Less than £1.50 per hour 0.1
£1.50—£2.00 per hour 0.2
£2.00—£2.50 per hour 1.1
£2.50—£3.00 per hour 2.8
£3.00—£3.50 per hour 5.9
£3.50—£4.00 per hour 7.5

Note: The information provided relates to gross average hourly earnings, including overtime of full-time employees on adult rates. It may be unreliable for some earnings bands due to the small number of respondents.