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Earnings Survey

The annual Earnings Survey is compulsory under the Statistics Act 1999 and collects information on individuals’ gross earnings and hours of work.

Individuals are randomly selected from Income Tax records and forms are sent to the last known employer. The questionnaire asks for details of the employee's sex, date of birth, industry, hours of work along with basic pay, overtime and incentive payments. The pay period refers to mid June and the deadline for submission is September. There is a financial penalty for non-response.

The results are released in a form that does not allow for individuals to be identified. Average earnings of full time employees are calculated, the distribution of earnings is illustrated, Isle of Man salaries compared with the UK are highlighted and the private and public sector are compared.

The survey is of gross earnings before deductions of income tax and national insurance. Gross earnings include overtime, shift premia and payment by results in addition to basic pay.

Summary of Results – Isle of Man Earnings Survey 2020

  • Median gross weekly pay of full-time employees was £611
  • Full-time employees worked an average of 38 hours per week, including 1.2 hours of overtime
  • Overtime, incentive pay and shift premia made up 5.4% of employees' gross weekly earnings down from 6.7% in 2018
  • Median earnings were 4.3% higher than the median United Kingdom
  • 16.5% of employees in 2019 earned less than the Isle of Man Living Wage, up from 15.7% in 2019 and 3.1% of employees earned the Minimum Wage down from 3.4% in 2018
  • 69% of the randomly selected sample worked full time, 19% worked part time and 12% had zero contracted hours.
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