Wednesday 22 February 2017

Facts and figures

Published 21/12/2011 | 05:00

• There has been much written about our loyal public servants who have served this State well over many decades when times were good and now when times are tough. Unfortunately a lot of what has been written has been wide of the mark in terms of the factual situation.

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Thanks to the CSO, another wonderful organisation run by public servants, we can see clearly that public servants pay is as follows: 105,745 earn up to €20,000; 143,919 earn between €20,001 and €40,000; 102,676 earn between €40,001 and €60,000; 40,941 earn between €60,001-€80,000; 18,117 earn between €80,001 and €100,000; and there are more than 17,447 earning over €100,000. If one excludes the 17,447 that earn over €100,000, the average wage of the public servant is just over €36,000. I work in the private sector and I am being very honest here -- if my salary was just €36,000 with four young children I would have serious difficulties getting by.

May I wish the public servants who work for this country a very happy Christmas and hopefully a prosperous New Year.

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