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Public sector workers pulling clear of private sector

Figures from the Office for National Statistics have again emphasised the growing gap between public sector workers and private sector workers. Figures released yesterday show that on average the typical public sector worker is paid around £74.20 a week more than their private sector counterparts. The weekly pay for an average public sector worker now stands at around £539 which is up 3.1% on 2008, compared to £465 for the private sector, which is only 1% higher over the same period.

When you also take into account the massive difference in benefits, i.e. pensions, the public sector is now pulling well ahead of the private sector on so many different fronts. There is also growing concern that public sector workers receive more "protection" with regards to job security than their private sector counterparts, even though the government has promised to cut back on public sector worker numbers. Historically, while many people may have "lost their jobs in the public sector", in truth very often they are transferred to different areas of the public sector for re-employment.

The cost of running the public sector has increased dramatically since the Labour Party came into power in 1997 and many believe this is one of the major reasons why the UK economy is so sluggish at the moment.

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