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New Earnings Survey, 1982

Title details

SN: 2255
Title: New Earnings Survey, 1982
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-2255-1
Series: New Earnings Survey, 1970-1982
Depositor: Department of Employment
Principal investigator(s): Department of Employment
Other acknowledgements: The data in this set have been reformatted by a group of thirteen researchers with a grant from the ESRC to ensure that there is is no disclosure of individual information.


The citation for this study is:

Department of Employment. (1987). New Earnings Survey, 1982. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 2255,

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Subject Categories

Economic conditions and indicators - Economics
General - Employment and labour
Income, property and investment - Economics


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The New Earnings Survey is almost certainly the most detailed and comprehensive earnings series anywhere in the world. It is a one in a hundred sample survey of employees in Britain, giving information on aspects of earnings and employment based on a week in April each year. The NES enquiry is conducted by the Department of Employment under the provisions of the Statistics of Trade Act (1947). Under the terms of this Act, data so obtained and relating solely to any individual may not be released into the public domain. All the data described here are in a form that ensures that there is no disclosure of individual information. They have been processed into a minimally aggregated form approved by the Department of Employment: any data record released relates to an aggregate of not less than three individuals.
Main Topics:
The dataset consists of fourteen separate extract data files from the original New Earnings Survey files held by the Department of Employment. Each extract file had been constructed to allow investigation of a particular aspect of the data contained in the Survey, as follows:
AGG01 National Collective Agreements
AGG02 Manual Skill Differentials
AGG03 Regional Implications
AGG04 Age implications
AGG05 Dispersion of Pay within Occupations
AGG06 Shiftwork
AGG07 Pay in relation to hours worked
AGG08 Public/Private Sector Pay Movements
AGG09 White Collar Pay Movements
AGG10 Sex Differentials
AGG11 Incentive Pay and Payment Schemes
AGG12 Incentive Payment Schemes and Age
AGG14 Pay in Relation to Size of Company and Plant
AGG15 Pay in Relation to Company Size and Region
Eight of the aggregate files (numbers 2,3,4,5,7,8,9 and 10) relate to dimensions recorded in the Survey in each year and comprise 13 annual files, one for each year 1970-1982. A further two aggregate files (numbers 1 and 6) contain 10 annual files for the years 1973-1982 inclusive, omitting the years 1970-1972, AGG01, due to the introduction of new occupations codes in 1973, and AGG06 due to the lack of shift pay premium prior to 1973. The remaining four files (numbers 11,12,14 and 15) relate to a single year only and are based on the special question included in that year.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1982
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: No information recorded
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Aggregate (macro) level
Universe: National
All persons in employment in Great Britain in April of each year
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Simple random sample
one per cent, comprising all those whose National Insurance numbers end with a specified pair of digits
Method of data collection: Postal survey
Information relating to the employees in the sample was obtained from their employers
Weighting: No information recorded

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 26 November 1987
Copyright: Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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By principal investigator(s):
Thomson, A., `The New Earnings Survey', ESRC Data Archive Bulletin no. 37, May 1987, p. 7

Resulting from secondary analysis:
Katz, L.F., Loveman, G.W. and Blanchflower, D.G. (1992) `A comparison of changes in the structure of wages in four OECD countries', Conference on Differences and Changes in Wage Structures, Cambridge, MA, July 23-24.

  • Blanchflower, D.G. and Freeman, R.B. (1993) Did the Thatcher reforms change British labour performance?, NBER Working Paper Series No. 4384, June.
  • Harkness, S. (1996) `The gender earnings gap : evidence from the UK' Fiscal Studies 17(2), pp. 1-36.

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