Written Answers. - Industrial Wage.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

111 Mr. Durkan asked the Taoiseach the average industrial wage here and in the other Euro pean Union member states; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7307/01]

The average gross earnings of industrial workers in all industries for June 2000, the latest date for which figures are available, are as follows:

Average earnings per week – 435.34 – (IR£342.86).

Average earnings per hour – 10.60 – (IR£8.35).

Annual average data – hourly industrial earnings – for other European Union member states for 1998, the latest date for which figures are available, are as follows:

Average hourly industrial Earnings (In ECUs)

Belgium

10.47

Denmark

20.75

Federal Republic of Germany

13.66

Greece

4.87

Spain

7.14

France

9.93

Ireland

9.94

Italy

NA

Luxembourg

11.1

Netherlands

14.64

Portugal

2.99

Finland

10.98

Sweden

10.93

United Kingdom

10.7