Public sector pay: TUC says wages down thousands since 2010


Firefighters, educationists and other public sector workers are thousands of pounds a year base off than they were in 2010, the TUC has said.

With inflation outpacing the administration’s 1% limit on pay rises for state employees, real wages are being away, said the trades union body.

It said prison officers and paramedics were more than £3,800 a year scanter.

However, the chancellor has said state sector workers get a 10% «scant» over private sector counterparts.

The government has come under straits since the election in June to alter its policy of limiting pay rises in the overt sector.

‘Very generous’

«It’s been seven long years of pay thins for our public servants. And ministers still won’t tell us if relief is on the way,» TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady utter.

Inflation measured by the most commonly used method, CPI, which does not secure housing costs into account, has picked up in recent months hitting 2.9% in May. Conforming to the Bank of England it averaged 2.7% a year between 2010 and 2016.

The TUC computes that if firefighters’ wages had kept pace with inflation their mean pay would be nearly £2,900 higher than it is. For nuclear engineers and trainers the figure is about £2,500.

On the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Chancellor Philip Hammond asseverated public sector pay had «raced ahead» of the private sector after the monetary crash in 2008.

He added that when «very generous» public sector old-age pension contributions were taken into account, public sector proletarians enjoyed a 10% «premium» over their private sector counterparts,

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But Mr Hammond refused to observe on reports he had said at a meeting that public servants were «overpaid».

TUC wage considers

The average pay for an NHS paramedic is £35,577.

But if the paramedic’s salary in 2010 had kept pace with inflation slow by CPI, by now he or she should be earning £39,435 — £3,888 more, says the TUC.

The TUC says if RPI (the inflation assign which does include housing costs) is used, the paramedic intent need to earn £41,717 — £6,140 more — to maintain their 2010 dissipating power.

The TUC’s analysis suggests workers in different parts of the public sector are out of centre in real terms to varying degrees (based on CPI):

  • Crown prosecutor £4,400
  • NHS authority dietician £3,858
  • Prison officer £3,819
  • Firefighter £2,888
  • Nuclear maintenance engineer £2,591
  • Docent £2,414
  • Lifeguards’ £2,200
  • NHS ancillary staff £897

Pay rises for most public sector working men are set by independent pay review bodies, but have effectively been capped at 1% each year since 2013.

In front of that, there was a two-year freeze on pay for all but the lowest-paid workers.

Trade rings plan to submit a petition to the Treasury on Monday calling for the pay cap to be lifted.

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