Average earnings and hours of work

Summary

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published provisional estimates from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) for 2016. ASHE does not cover the self-employed or employees not paid during the reference period. A statistical bulletin, together with links to associated data tables, can be found via the ONS website.

Owing to the sample methodology used to compile the ASHE data, interpretation of the estimated figures requires considerable caution as the results have very wide margins of error. The estimated earnings, hours and percentage change figures should therefore be taken as a guide, rather than definitive results. They provide an idea of the relative differences between areas. The data may be revised in the future. 

Residence-based median weekly earnings

The median gross weekly earnings for residents (all employees) in the Lancashire-14 area was £393.50. This was £45.10, or 10.3%, lower than the UK figure of £438.60. Residence-based gross weekly median earnings had grown by 3.2% within the UK over the year, but by a slightly higher 3.6% in the Lancashire-14 area. 

Ribble Valley (£439.80), was the only authority in the Lancashire-14 area that had residence-based weekly median earnings above the UK figure of £438.60. In contrast, Blackpool (£332.10) and Rossendale (£346.10) had the third and tenth lowest figures in Great Britain, both more than £100.00 below the UK median figure.

Figure 1: Median gross weekly pay, all employees on adult rates of pay, residence-based, April 2016 provisional figures

Source: Office for National Statistics - Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, provisional estimates, 2016.

Workplace-based median weekly earnings

Workplace-based gross weekly median earnings for all employees in the Lancashire-14 area was provisionally estimated at £396.20, which was £42.40, or 9.7%, below the UK figure of £438.60. Workplace-based gross weekly earnings had increased by 3.8% in the Lancashire-14 area over the previous year, exceeding the UK rise of 3.2%. 

Fylde (£541.40) and Ribble Valley (£438.80) were the only Lancashire-14 authorities to record median gross weekly workplace earnings above the UK (£438.60). Fylde was ranked in 18th place and Ribble Valley in 107th position in GB. Rossendale (£332.90) and Blackpool (£333.40) had the lowest gross weekly workplace-based median earnings in the Lancashire-14 area, ranked in the 15th and 16th lowest positions in GB. 

Figure 2: Median gross weekly pay, employees on adult rates of pay, workplace-based, April 2016 provisional figures

Source: Office for National Statistics - Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, provisional estimates, 2016.

Residence-based v workplace-based earnings

Burnley, Chorley, Lancaster, Rossendale, South Ribble and Wyre appear to benefit the most from outward commuter flows, travelling to other higher value work locations, some outside of the Lancashire-14 area, as the residence-based earnings are greater than the workplace-based earnings in these areas, particularly in Chorley. Conversely, for Fylde, Preston and Blackburn with Darwen, workplace-based earnings are higher than residence based earnings, especially within Fylde district.

Difference in male and female full-time median weekly earnings

There remains a sizeable variation between full-time male and full-time female weekly earnings. The gap is £90.50 when measured by place of work and £78.60 by place of residence in the Lancashire-14 area. 

Annual median gross annual earnings by place of residence and place of work

Median gross annual earnings for all employees by place of residence in UK for April 2016 stood at £23,099. For the Lancashire-14 area, the residence-based figure for all employees was £20,766, or 10.1% less than the UK average. Blackpool (£17,642) had the fourth lowest residence-based median gross annual earnings within Great Britain.

For workplace-based earnings, the gross annual figure for the Lancashire-14 area for all employees was £20,724, which was 10.3% below the UK figure of £23,099. Fylde district (£29,537) had the 16th highest workplace based median gross annual earnings in Great Britain. Rossendale had the lowest workplace-based median gross annual earnings within the Lancashire-14 area at £17,535, ranked 17th lowest in Great Britain, whilst Wyre had the second lowest in the Lancashire-14 area (£18,051), ranked 26th lowest in GB. Blackpool (£18,100) had the third lowest workplace-based median gross annual earnings in the Lancashire-14 area, ranked in the 29th lowest position in GB. 

Further analysis

Annual earnings and hours of work, provisional estimates for 2016 (PDF 422 KB) 

 Page updated December 2016