Friday 9 December 2016

Letters: Facts show real pay gap

Published 07/06/2015 | 02:30

"According to the Central Statistics Office, in 2014 the average private sector salary was circa €31,000, the average industrial wage was circa €35,000 and the average public sector salary was €47,000"

Sir - A number of letters in your Sunday Independent of 24 May defending the restoration of civil service pay are understandable opinions from employees of the State.

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However the facts, tell a different story. According to the Central Statistics Office, in 2014 the average private sector salary was circa €31,000, the average industrial wage was circa €35,000 and the average public sector salary was €47,000.

The above facts do not take into account the job security, the index-linked pensions, the golden goodbyes, the holidays, sick leave, salary increments (paid even during the depths of the recession) and many other entitlements in the public sector that are simply unavailable in the private sector.

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