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Questions and answers: Average weekly earnings

From January 2010, the average earnings index was replaced by the average weekly earnings series as the Office for National Statistics' official measure of earnings growth. Here we explain how to use the statistics, and what they tell us about what is happening to pay growth.

What is average weekly earnings?

The average weekly earnings (AWE) series - published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) - has replaced the average earnings index (AEI) as the official indicator of short-term pay growth in the UK economy.