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Public sector workers earn more

Tuesday January 5th 2010

Those in the public sector earn nearly 10% more than those in the private sector, it has been reported.

Public sector workers earn 7% on average more than their counterparts in the private sector, and the gap has doubled since the recession began, according to analysis of official figures by The Sunday Times.

The figures suggest  that  those employed by the state are getting larger pay rises, work less hours and receive pensions far in excess of their peers.

Data published by the Office for National Statistics indicates average earnings in the public sector increased to £22,405 last year, compared with £20,988 in the private sector. The previous year, non-state employees were just 3% behind on this measure, and until 2005 they were receiving more, according to the newspaper.

Last year the average public sector employee worked for 25 hours a week - a fall of an hour on the previous year, and two-and-a-half hours less than private sector workers.

Civil servants also get employer pension contributions worth 19.4% of their salary paid into final salary schemes each year - more than three times the average of 6% paid by private sector firms into their employees defined contributions schemes.

Copyright © Press Association 2010

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