Trade union wage premium in the United Kingdom (UK) 1995-2018

This statistic shows the trade union wage premium in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1995 to 2018. The statistic reveals that union members, on average, earned between 12.5 and 25.9 percent more per hour than those who were not part of a union. Over this time period, this pay gap shrank by a total of 18 percentage points. In the most recent surveyed time period, the difference in hourly wages amounted to 7.9 percent.

Trade union wage premium: Average hourly wage of union member's as a percentage of average non-member's hourly wage in the United Kingdom from 1995 to 2018*

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Release date

May 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

1995 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* The trade union wage premium is the percentage difference between the average hourly earnings of employees who are union members and those who are not. Figures are not seasonally adjusted.

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