Prices and Wages in the United Kingdom, 1914-1920

Prices and Wages in the United Kingdom, 1914-1920

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...are separately considered. In this chapter we consider the general movements chronologically and analyse certain tendencies towards definite changes in the relationship between wages of different occupations and different districts. In Chapter VII an attempt is made to compare the increase in wages with the increase in the cost of living. Every January there is published in the Labour Gazette a summary account of the wage-changes of the previous year. These are based on the changes reported to the Ministry of Labour (formerly to the Labour Department of the Board of Trade), of which the principal alterations are recorded each month. The summary is often quoted as if the total increase tabulated included the whole of the changes in all manual occupations, which is not the case, and it is important to realize the exact meaning and limitations of the statistics. In the first place many important industries are excluded altogether from the computation, for the purely technical reason that the numbers affected by changes are not reported to the Department in the same way as for the industries included. For this reason the table contains no figures for agriculture, railways, seamen, police, government employees, domestic servants, or employees in wholesale or retail commerce.1 This list, which is not complete, probably cuts out 7 million of the 16 million men, women, boys, and girls commonly counted as wage-earners, and the changes apply to only 450 to 500 million out of the annual wage-bill computed as about 770 million in the United Kingdom in 1913. In the second place certain classes of changes are definitely excluded. Among these are ' Changes in the average earnings in a trade which are due, not to an alteration in the scales more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
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  • English
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