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Compare jobs on equal terms

Published 24/04/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- The comment by Daniel McConnell that public sector workers are "paid more than their counterparts in the private sector" (Sunday Independent, April 17, 2011) is misleading.

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It implies that this is the finding of a job-by-job comparison of the two groups.

The only independent review which examined and compared public and private sector jobs on a like-for-like basis was the 2008 benchmarking report, which found that "there is little or no public-service premium, if comparison is made with private-sector employees in large establishments" which the report notes "accounts for a significant majority of public-sector workers".

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