This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on pay. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

21.01.2015Average Earnings: Economic Indicators page
Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors and manufacturing and service sectors.
05.01.2015Banking executives' remuneration in the UK
This Note outlines some of the changes made to the structure, determination and publication of executive salaries, with particular reference to banks and other financial companies.
29.12.2014The National Minimum Wage: volunteers and interns
National Minimum Wage: volunteers and interns
14.10.2014The National Minimum Wage: rates and enforcement
This note provides details of current and historic National Minimum Wage rates, as well as numbers of jobs paid at the National Minimum Wage.
08.08.2014Local government transparency in England
The Coalition's Programme for Government promised to 'throw open the doors of public bodies, to enable the public to hold politicians and public bodies to account'. The matters covered in this Standard Note apply to England only, with the exception of pay policy statements, which also apply in Wales.

Research Papers

06.07.2010Economic indicators, July 2010
This Research Paper series summarises the main economic indicators currently available for the UK, along with comparisons with other major OECD countries. This edition includes articles on future growth in the UK economy, and the CPI and benefit indexation. [article:'Future growth in the UK economy' and 'The CPI and benefit indexation']
03.02.2003National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) Bill (HL) (Bill 51 of 2002/03)
National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) Bill (HL). (Bill 51 of 2002/03). House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/10.
04.12.2002National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) Bill (HL) (HL Bill 8 2002/03)
National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) Bill (HL) (HL Bill 8 of 2002/03) .House of Commons Library Research Paper 02/77.
31.10.2000Economic Indicators
Economic Indicators. House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/85. (Includes article on average earnings and the impact of the national minimum wage)
19.02.1999National Minimum Wage
National Minimum Wage. House of Commons Library Research Paper 99/18

Select Committee Reports

18.03.2010Top Pay in the Public Sector: Further Report: incorporating the Government Response to the Committee's...
Government response. Public Administration Select Committee; Cabinet Office report [Commons]
01.06.2009NHS pay modernisation in England: agenda for change.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House supports full trade union rights for the Prison Officers' Association (POA); notes that the International Labour Organisation criticised the previous administration ...
That this House recognises the vital work of those in the cleaning profession; supports the call from Mr Guy Stallard, Director of Facilities at KPMG and a member of the Living Wage ...
08.12.2011REGIONAL PAY
That this House disagrees with the principles of regional pay outlined by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement to bring public sector pay in line with private sector pay; notes that ...
That this House notes the Government's announcements on limiting Armed Forces' pay; is concerned about the impact this will have on the living standards and morale of the UK's forces ...
That this House does not believe Ministers who are forced out of their positions by incompetence or breach of the Ministerial Code should be awarded a taxpayer funded pay-off; and calls ...

Lords Library Notes

15.08.2014The Impact of Personal Indebtedness in United Kingdom Households, Especially on Children
This Library Note was prepared for a debate in the House of Lords on the impact of personal indebtedness in UK households, especially on children, which was scheduled to take place on 17 July 2014, but was postponed to a future date.
03.03.2014Debate on 6 March: The Contribution of Women to the Economy of the UK, to Mark International Women's Day
This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on the contribution of women to the economy of the UK, to mark International Women's Day.
08.03.2010Debate on 11th March: The national minimum wage and poverty. LLN 2010/008
Debate on 11th March: The national minimum wage and poverty. This Library Note aims to provide background reading for the debate to be held on 11th March: 'The impact of the National Minimum Wage on household and individual poverty' This Note examines the history and development of the National Minimum Wage since its introduction in 1999, and its effect on earnings, the economy, and groups within society. The Note then examines levels and trends in poverty since the election of the Labour Government and the subsequent introduction of the National Minimum Wage.
21.12.2007Employment Bill [HL] (HL Bill 13, 2007-08). LLN 2007/010
Employment Bill. House of Lords Library Note 2007/010


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses