Written Answers. - Construction Industry.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

112 Mr. Durkan asked the Taoiseach the extent to which wage inflation has affected the building industry over the past four years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7315/01]

The Central Statistics Office publishes a quarterly release giving information on earnings and hours worked in construction. The information is based on an inquiry which covers all private businesses in the building and construction industry with ten or more persons engaged.

The following table shows for operatives and clerical workers combined the average earnings per hour and the average earnings per week from the first quarter of 1996 to the second quarter of 2000, the latest date available.

Clerical and Operative workers in the construction industry

Average rate per hour

Year

March

June

September

December

Average

£

£

£

£

£

1996

6.30

6.46

6.55

6.62

6.48

1997

6.75

6.85

7.06

7.56

7.05

1998

7.61

7.67

7.64

7.78

7.68

1999

7.69

8.03

8.56

8.83

8.28

2000

8.76

9.00

Average earnings per week

Year

March

June

September

December

Average

£

£

£

£

1996

293.45

291.95

301.09

306.06

298.14

1997

311.96

315.98

327.34

368.07

330.84

1998

339.67

354.82

348.76

353.44

349.17

1999

347.82

360.33

396.04

408.06

378.06

2000

400.50

415.06