Pay divide report misleading
THOMAS MOLLOY'S article (Wednesday, March 16) – ‘Great pay divide revealed’) is an inaccurate representation of the information contained within the CSO figures on earnings.
In actual fact, the same figures reveal that while national hourly earnings fell by 1.9pc in 2010, average hourly earnings in the public sector fell much further – an average of 4.9pc. This compares with a marginal fall of 0.3pc in the private sector.
The largest decreases in pay were in the health and social work sector, which saw a reduction of 6.7pc. This was followed closely by the public administration and defence sector, with a reduction of 6.1pc in pay. The CSO also emphasises that earnings in the public sectorare calculated before the deduction of the pension levy introduced in March 2009. Consequently, the CSO figures do not capture the full picture on reductions in public sector pay.