The New Earnings Survey (NES) was an annual sample survey of the earnings of employees in Great Britain from 1970 to 2004.
The main purpose of the survey was to obtain information about the levels, distribution and make-up of earnings, and for the collective agreements which cover them.
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment conducted a similar but separate survey in respect of employees in Northern Ireland.
The Office for National Statistics conducted the New Earnings Survey based on a 1 per cent sample of employees who are members of Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) income tax schemes.
The Survey concerns the earnings of employees in employment and is designed to represent all categories of employees in businesses of all kinds and sizes.
Data were collected on hours worked, industry, occupation, place of work, sex, age and about the levels, distribution and make-up of earnings of employees in all industries and occupations and for the major national collective agreements.
The Survey covered Great Britain and results are available for England, Scotland, Wales and all standard regions.
Results are also available for the London boroughs, counties of England and Wales and the Scottish Regions.
In October 2004 the New Earnings Survey was replaced by the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE).
At that time NES results back to 1997 were reworked according to ASHE methodology and published on the ONS website.
These results served as a replacement for the NES results which were published electronically for the years 2000-2003 inclusive.
The NES results for the years 1970-1999 are only held as paper volumes. Extracts of NES results are available from ONS on request.
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