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Earnings and income statistics

​Average Earnings Index

The Index of Average Earnings measures changes in gross wages and salaries paid to employees. It includes overtime payments, but excludes bonuses, employers’ insurance contributions, holiday pay and benefits in kind (e.g. free accommodation).

In June 2021:

  • average weekly earnings in Jersey were 3.3% higher than in June 2020
  • the latest annual increase was 2.2 percentage points higher than that of the previous twelve-month period (1.1% to June 2020), and the highest annual change recorded since June 2018

Annual percentage change in the Index of Average Earnings

 

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

Index of Average Earnings report for June 2021

Average earnings by sector

Over the year to June 2021:

  • average earnings in the private sector increased by 3.9%, the highest increase since June 2008
  • within the private sector:
    • increases in average earnings were recorded by most sectors, the exception was the agriculture sector which saw average earnings fall by 1% on an annual basis

    • average earnings in hotels, restaurants and bars increased by 15.7% since June 2020, the largest increase of any sector; this follows a 10.2% annual decrease from June 2019 to June 2020

    • manufacturing saw an increase of 7% in average earnings, the highest annual increase in this sector since 2001
  • average earnings in the public sector increased by 0.1%


Annual percentage change in average earnings by sector

 

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

Level of average earnings

The Index of Average Earnings is designed to measure the change in earnings. However, the data collected also provides information on the level of earnings, per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee. it should be noted that part time workers would earn proportionately less, corresponding to the hours worked.

The median (middle value) average weekly earnings for full time (FTE) employees in Jersey was £610 per week

The mean average weekly earnings for full-time equivalent (FTE) employees in Jersey in June 2021 was £820 per week.

By sector, average earnings (per FTE) ranged from around £500 per week in hotels, restaurants and bars to £1,120 per week in financial services.

Average weekly earnings per full time equivalent worker by sector in June 2021

 

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

Real-term change in average earnings

Since 1990 there have been two periods of real-term change in average earnings:

  • 1990 to 2001 saw real-term growth in earnings of 18%
  • 2001 to 2021 saw earnings remain essentially flat in real terms, increasing by 0.5% over the 20-year period

Index of average earnings in real terms (June 1990 = 100)

 

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the data

You can find out more information on average earnings by reading the full report by following the below link:​

Index of Average Earnings report for June 2021

Household income

The Jersey Household Income Distribution report presents the results of a large survey of households we carried out between July 2019 and March 2020.

Find out more information in the full 2019 / 2020 income distribution report:

Jersey Household Income Distribution report 2019 / 2020

Mean (average) household income

From the Jersey Household Income Distribution survey in 2019 / 2020:

  • mean (average) weekly household income was £1,040 per week before housing costs and £890 per week after housing cost
  • mean household income after housing costs increased by 9% in real-terms since 2014/2015 (adjusting for inflation), and 24% nomminally (without adjusting for inflation
  • mean household income after housing costs decreased by 2% in real-terms since 2009/2010 (adjusting for inflation), and 25% nomminally (without adjusting for inflation)
  • three-quarters (75%) of household income was from employment earnings, 4% was from income support, benefits and grants and 12% was from pensions

Median equivalised household income

The distribution of income is unequal (skewed) due to a few households having very high incomes, so the median is a particularly meaningful average measure as it is not influenced by extreme values

Equivalisation is a way of standardising households to make fair comparisons between households of different types and sizes.

In terms of equivalised household income in 2019 / 2020:

  • median weekly household equivalised income was £790 per week before housing costs and £690 per week after housing costs
  • median equivalised household income after housing costs increased by 9% in real-terms since 2014/2015 (adjusting for inflation), and 23% nomminally (without adjusting for inflation)
  • median equivalised household income after housing costs increased by 3% in real-terms since 2009/2010 (adjusting for inflation), and 33% nomminally (without adjusting for inflation)

Relative low income

A commonly used threshold of relative low income is 60% of the median equivalised income for a jurisdiction.

In Jersey in 2019 / 2020, after housing costs:

  • the relative low income threshold was £480 per week before housing costs and £410 per week after housing costs
  • 27% of households and 22% of individuals were in relative low income
  • one in four children were in relative low income, a lower proportion than the UK
  • one in three pensioners were living in relative low income, twice the proportion of the UK

Download reports and data

Average earnings

The Jersey Index of Average Earnings report is produced once a year. You can download the latest report by following the link below.

Index of Average Earnings report for June 2021

You can search by year for past reports on the Statistics Jersey reports and documents page.

Statistics Jersey reports and documents

Household income data and reports

We produce reports on Jersey's household income distribution approximately every five years. As the 2019 / 2020 survey was cut short due to covid-19, it was restarted as the 2021 / 2022 survey which is due to be reported on in 2022 and 2023.

Jersey Household Income Distribution report 2019 / 2020

Jersey Household Income Distribution report 2014 / 2015

Jersey Household Income Distribution report 2009 / 2010

Jersey Household Income Distribution report 2002

The summary note complied in January 2015 brings together a range of official statistics relating to ‘relative low income’ (sometimes termed ‘poverty’).

Relative Low Income summary note of data January 2015

We have also published additional information by decile for the four stages of equivalised household income for 2009 / 2010 and 2014 / 2015.

You can find more information on the four stages of household income and income deciles and quintiles in the income distribution report.

Decile data table

Household income data tables can be downloaded from OpenData.

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