Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2006
The New Earnings Survey shows that in the period April 2003 to November 2003 average weekly earnings were as follows:
All workers 466.30
Assoc Professionals 539.50
Other manual posts 312.70
Based on the last JNC Survey the average weekly wage of a youth and community worker was �346. In other words we have become one of the lowest paid occupation groups. We now earn less than factory operatives and just one pound a week more than administrative and clerical staff.
Average pay rises across the sectors last year were 3.2%. Public sector earnings growth in the three months to November 2003 were at 4.8%.
We are in danger of becoming a low wage, low status, low investment, low qualification sector that will not be sufficiently prepared for the next round of policy initiatives. See Rapport and the website for the number of jobs needed and the local underspending figures.