The great public, private pay gulf: State workers get £136 a week more than private employees in pay and pensions
Another public sector bashing story. I think these type of articles are going to be the most abundant over the coming months, and the public sector will spend a while at the top of the Hate Chart (sponsored by Pepsi) for the Mail and its readers.
When attacking public sector workers the Mail is selective in how it uses data and claiming public sector workers earn more than private sector workers is a typical example of this. Average public sector pay may be higher than the private sector on average for the following reasons :-
* The private sector includes areas such as retail and hospitality which pay low wages which has no equivalent in the public sector.
* The lowest paid jobs in the public sector such as cleaning, catering and refuse collection have been transferred to the private sector due to privatization.
* Data for public sector pay includes the banks which have been bailed out by the government which means this data includes the massive pay rises awarded to heads of banks.
These factors have on average made public sector pay higher than private sector pay.
Trying to compare private and public sector pay is difficult because many jobs exist in one sector that do not exist in the other. For instance, the job of fire fighter does not exist in the private sector. Even if there are jobs which exist in both sectors, it can still be difficult to compare pay. For instance clerical and admin jobs exist in both sectors. Some private sector companies may pay less than the public sector and some may pay more which makes it difficult to establish if admin workers in the public sector are better paid.