Wages rounds data, 1950-1975



To investigate the role of national wage settlements in the process of wage inflation.

Main Topics:
Settlements: title of agreement, date of implementation, date of settlement, standard weekly hours, time rate of minimum earnings level, basic weekly/hourly wage of top male/semi-skilled male/bottom male/female, arbitration, Government intervention, staged settlement code, cost of living clause.
Agreements: title, main order heading, bargaining system at 1950/1973, date of change from one bargaining system to another, trade unions involved and operation dates, geographical area covered at 1950/1973, date of change of geographical area covered, number of workers covered at dates 1950, 1955, 1965, 1970, 1975, wage rate as percentage of standard weekly earnings, source of wage rate information.Retail Price Index: year/week of observation, RPI all items/foods/all except foods/all except seasonal foods.
Associated Publications:
Elliott, R. and Steele, R. (1976) 'The importance of national wage agreements', British Journal of Industrial Relations, 43-55
• Elliott, R. (1976) 'The national wage round in the UK: a sceptical view', Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 179-201
• Elliott, R. (1977) 'Public sector wage movement: 1950-1973', Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 133-151
• Elliott, R. and Shelton, H. (1978) 'A wage settlements index for the UK, 1950-1975', Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 303-319
• Shelton, H. and Elliott, R. (1978) The determinants of wage changes in the UK: a model of the size and frequency of settlements, [Working paper]..
• Fallick, J. and Elliott, R. (1979) 'Pay differentials in perspective: a note on manual and non-manual pay over the period 1951 - 1975', Economic Journal , 377-384
• Shelton, H. and Elliott, R. (1979) The Intersectoral Determinants of the Size and Timing of Wage Settlements, [Working paper]..
• Steele, R. (1979) 'The relative performance of the wages council and non-wages council sectors and the impact of incomes policy', British Journal of Industrial Relations
• Fallick, J. and Elliott, R. (1974) Pay in the Public Sectors, London: Macmillan.
Date made available1 Jan 1981
PublisherUK Data Service
Temporal coverage1950 - 1975
Date of data productionSept 1973 - Sept 1976

Funder and Grant Reference number

  • Other
  • Department of Employment

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