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Monday 20 January 2020

Public-sector staff paid €285 on average more a week than private sector

Colm Kelpie

THE average working week now stands at just over 31 hours, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.

And there was little difference in the average number of hours clocked up between public and private sector workers in the year to the end of March.

The CSO said that weekly earnings in the private sector increased marginally in the year, and fell in the public sector.

Despite this, public sector workers earned about €285 on average more per week than private sector employees in the first three months of the year.

Across the economy, average weekly earnings stood at €696.59 in the first three months of the year, down slightly on the €696.67 figure for the same period in 2012.

Other key findings include:

* Average hourly earnings were €22.31 in the first quarter compared with €22.15 in the same period last year.

* Hourly earnings rose in six of the 13 economic sectors, with administrative and support services increasing 8.4pc to €17.28, followed by transportation and arts to by 2.6pc to €20.47.

* Average weekly earnings in the private sector in the first three months of the year was €628.26 and €913.25 in the public sector.

* In the four years to the end of March, average public sector weekly wages fell by €20.75 compared with a decrease of €3.56 for those in private firms.

* Average weekly paid hours fell to 31.2, down 1pc.

* The biggest increase in working hours was in the IT sector, moving from 36.2 to 36.7 hours, while the largest drop was in administrative and support services, falling from 30.8 hours to 29.4

* Average weekly paid hours in the private sector was 31.1 and 31.5 in the public sector.

* There were 5,000 fewer public servants in the public sector in the first three months of 2013 than in the same period in 2012. Some 37,500 have left the public sector in the last four years.

The CSO pointed out that earnings are gross amounts and do not take account of deductions for PRSI, tax and other levies, including the public sector pension levy.

Irish Independent

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