Written Answers. - Average Industrial Wage.

Gay Mitchell

Question:

162 Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Taoiseach the average industrial wage for each of the years 1990 to 2000; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19001/00]

The average gross earnings of industrial workers in all industries for each of the years 1990 to 1999 (the latest year for which a figure is available) are as follows:

Year

Earnings per week£

Former Series

1990

225.16

1991

235.23

1992

244.27

1993

258.00

1994

265.13

1995

270.70

1996

278.68

New Series

1996

283.61

1997

292.59

1998

305.23

1999

322.34

An updated industrial earnings series has just been introduced with retrospective annual data back to 1996.
The data in the table show earnings according to the former series from 1990 up to and including 1996 and according to the new series for years 1996 to 1999. A revised weighting system in the new series has given rise to minor differences between the updated and former series for the retrospective periods. Long-run comparability back to 1990 would be approximately maintained by increasing the average weekly earnings figure in the former series by about £5.