UK public pay falls below private firms

The pay of public sector workers has fallen below that of employees in private firms after years of wage restraint because of Government policies, official figures have shown

The pay of public sector workers has fallen below that of employees in private firms after years of wage restraint because of Government policies, official figures have shown.

On average, pay in the public sector was between 1.3% and 2.4% lower in April 2013 following years of wages being held down.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the biggest pay difference in favour of public sector workers was in Northern Ireland, compared with London where staff in private firms earned more. Public sector workers on low pay earned more than low-paid employees in private firms, but the position was reversed when comparing high earners.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Years of freezes, real-terms pay cuts and rounds of redundancies have left public servants facing a sharp squeeze in their living standards. Not only do public sector workers now earn less than equivalent staff in the private sector, they also face greater job insecurity as hundreds of thousands are set to go.’’

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