Mixed rather than awful news. High time that private sector pay rises started outstripping the public sector - it's been the other way round for a decade and the public sector (teachers / police / medical staff) are now heavily overpaid compared to the private sector equivalents. If it make the rest of you feel better though, us IT workers are in our 11th year of squeeze. For those who've survived the off shoring at my corporation, the price has been half a decade of pay freeze followed by an average to 2% a year there after. If public sector pay is still frozen in 2015, we'll be happy to start sharing out some sympathy with them
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If you take a job and don't do well enough to get a pay rise,don't blame the public sector, but your own performance. It is also a fact that private sector teachers and medical professionals get paid far more than their public sector equivalents.perhaps they are simply more valued than the bloke who fixes the computer?
Soon, if we are not prudent, millions of people will be watching each other starve to death through expensive television sets. Nye Bevan