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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 April 2014 and May 2015.

Find out more information in the full 2014 / 15 income distribution report.

Jersey Household Income Distribution report 2014 / 15

Average (mean) household income

From the Jersey Household Income Distribution survey in 2014 / 15:

  • average (mean) weekly household income was £860 per week before housing costs and £720 per week after housing costs
  • three-quarters (75%) of household income was from employment earnings, 4% was from income support, benefits and grants and 12% was from pensions
  • income support and benefits made up 37% of household income for one-parent families with dependent children and 3% of household income for couples with dependent children

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.

Graph illustrating the skewness of the income distribution 

In terms of equivalised household income in 2014 / 15:

  • median weekly household equivalised income was £680 per week before housing costs and £560 per week after housing costs
  • median equivalised household income (after housing costs) increased by 9% since 2009 / 10
  • mean and median household income have increased by less than inflation since 2009

Bar graph showing the median equivalised weekly household income by household type in 2014 /15

Relative low income

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

In Jersey in 2014 / 15, after housing costs:

  • the relative low income threshold was £410 per week before housing costs and £340 per week after housing costs
  • 26% of households and 23% of individuals were in relative low income
  • over half of one-parent families were in relative low income
  • one in three working-age adults living alone were in relative low income
  • one in three children were in relative low income, a similar proportion to 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 Income Distribution approximately every five years.

Jersey Household Income Distribution report 2014 / 2015

Jersey Income Distribution Survey report 2009 / 2010

2002 Income Distribution Survey report

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

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