Wednesday 24 January 2018

Compare jobs on equal terms

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.

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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