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Thursday 26 April 2018

Women in public sector earn 54pc more than those in private firms – CSO figures

Aideen Sheehan

Aideen Sheehan

WOMEN in the public sector earn 54pc more than those in the private sector.

New figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show a massive pay gap between public and private workers, which is even worse if you're female.



Women in the private sector earn an average of €16.86 per hour, while those in the public sector earn €26.03 an hour.



Men in the private sector earn €21.37 an hour on average - around €4.50 an hour more than women - but much less than males in the public sector who earn €29.62 an hour.



The report shows the gap between public and private sector earnings for men is 39pc, when you look at hourly earnings.



Employees in the private sector also worked nearly two hours a week more than those in the public sector, 32.7 hours compared to 31.



However, the CSO National Employment Survey 2010 also found that public sector employees are generally better educated, older, have longer service and are more likely to be professionals than private workers.



Taking these factors into account and looking at weekly earnings they found that the pay gap between public and private sector pay ranges from 6pc to 19pc and has come down since 2009.



The public-private pay differential is biggest for lower-paid workers, and the gap narrows as earnings increase.

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