The information relates to a single pay period and is not necessarily representative of pay over a longer period. It generally excludes the value of payments in kind and income received from other concurrent employment.
The number of variables for which cross-classification is available is small,1 and in particular it contains no information on the level of education of the employees in the sample.
According to the Office of Manpower Economics 2 it is deficient in terms of the response from small employers. Since such employers tend to be low paying, and women tend to be over-represented here (see below), this might cause us to over-estimate average female pay.
Occupational categories are broad, so that women are likely to be classified as being in the same occupational group as men, although differences in the work are such as to amount to a material difference under the terms of the Equal Pay Act 1970.
KeywordsManual Woman Collective Agreement Earning Distribution Hourly Earning Weekly Earning
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