This is wrong

The Telegraph

Why do the public sector get paid more than the private sector? What kind of incentive is that for a strong economy where people take risks?

The gap between public sector and private sector pay has risen to its largest in 10 years, with civil servants paid up to 9pc more on average.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) said that last year public sector workers were paid on average between 7.7pc and 8.7pc more than private sector employees.

The figure for April 2011 compares with a gap of 7.8pc in 2010 and 5.3pc in 2007, before the financial crisis began.

The ONS said that to make sure the figures are consistent over time, the numbers assume employees of those banks nationalised in 2008 were in the private sector until 2011.

If the ONS had not made that assumption, the pay gap would have widened even more to 9.3pc.

Several reasons were given for the rise, including the fact that there are more older employees in the public sector and earnings tend to rise with age.

Another reason given was that that the public sector is made up of a greater proportion of higher-skilled jobs, with more lower-skilled jobs outsourced to private firms in the past decade.

The ONS also said public sectors were paid more because there is a bigger proportion of people who have degrees or equivalent qualifications in the industry and private sector workers are more likely to get other perks such as company cars and health insurance.

The ONS figures will provide fresh ammunition for Conservatives who believe the public sector should be cut back further as the data show salaries were inflated during Labour’s years in command.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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