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The public sector is staffed by lazy, overpaid bastards who lie about pay

Tom Winnifrith
Saturday 16 September 2017

My pay has fallen by 14% thanks to austerity says another lardbucket public sector worker. The fake news channels report this as fact and pathetic Mrs May finds another money tree and prepares for public sector pay rises all round. So what if the deficit is £50 billion and going to rise? So what if the National Debt is already the largest Europe and rising? So what if inflation busting pay increases across the public sector will only fuel inflation so pushing up interest rates? Who cares? Well lets start with facts, the inconvenient truths that show how the lazy, overpaid bastards in the public sector who are lying to you about pay.

Hat tip to the Taxpayers Alliance for what follows:

Average median gross annual pay in 2016 was £25,002 in the public sector, compared to£22,500 in the private sector, 11.1% higher.

Hourly median gross pay in 2016 was £14.77 in the public sector and £11.1 in the private sector, 32.6% higher.

Average growth in median gross annual pay for the period 2009-16 stands at 1.56% per year in the public sector, to be contrasted with 1% in the private sector.

Median gross hourly pay in the public sector grew on average 1.9% in the same period every year, compared to 1.5% in the private sector.

Full time public sector employees work on average 35 hours a week, in contrast to the private sector where an average full time employee will work 37.5 hours a week.

According to the NHS Pay Review Body, ‘54 per cent of NHS staff in England were due to receive pay increments of around 3 to 4% on average in 2016-17 in addition to the 1% pay award.’

In 2016, the sickness absence rate for the public sector was 2.9% compared to 1.7 % in the private sector. The rate is calculated by dividing the total number of working hours lost by the total number of hours worked. Given the hours worked and pay disparities above, please do not try saying the greater "ill health" of public sector workers is caused by stress or poverty.

On the latest available figures, in 2015 there were 5.6 million active members of defined contribution pension schemes in the public sector, in contrast with 1.6 million in the private sector. Of that 5.6 million, 2.3 million were in the most generously denominated programmes.

Whilst the number of private sector workers who are active members of defined benefit pension schemes has fallen by 1 million since 2008, in the public sector that figure has increased from 5.4 million in 2008 to 5.6 million in 2015.

Since 2013, the average number of working days lost due to labour disputes (per 1,000 workers) in the public sector was 15.1 days, while in the private sector it was just 0.80 – 14.3 days less.

Those are facts.Will the liberal media report them? No. Will they give hopeless Mrs May and her spineless cabinet the guts to stand up to the Unions as the great Lady Thatcher would have done.

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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