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    Will Yam Will Yam is offline

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    Why are public servants paid 11% more than private sector people for same work?

    Today's papers carry recruitment ads for various public sector jobs, among them "International Office Co-ordinator" at Cork Institute of Technology.

    If the sucessful candidate comes from the Public Sector s/he is paid 47,013 per annum.

    If the successful candidate comes from the private sector s/he is paid 42,312 per annum.

    Why should somebody be paid an 11% premium simply because they come from the public sector?
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    Public sector workers are clearly considered to be better and therefore worth higher wages according to the employer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by blokesbloke View Post
    Public sector workers are clearly considered to be better and therefore worth higher wages according to the employer...
    what's that L'Oreal tag line?...."because we're worth it"?
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    It's absolutely crazy isn't it? It does however give you some measure of the level of over-pay that's going on in the public sector. An across the board 11% cut in public sector wages would be a good first step in the budget, but with Labour in charge of public sector reform and the PS Unions putting money into Labour, the government will never do the right thing.
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    Des Quirell Des Quirell is online now
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    Can you link to the job?
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    One word -Benchmarking.
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    Des Quirell Des Quirell is online now
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    In the absence of any link to the job, I can suggest one big reason that the payscale would be higher.

    The reason is to save money.
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    The public sector get paid more for doing less work when all the allowances and extra holidays and all those sick days are counted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Des Quirell View Post
    Can you link to the job?
    I'm technically challenged but try CIT - Cork Institute of Technology - Current Vacancies

    (In the ad the website is just a bove the bit about how they are an equal opportunity employer....................)

    Its exactly the same job. Only difference is the 11% depending on where you come from.
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    I suppose it is an improvement on the standard 40% that is often (mis)quoted here

    That is weird though. A link or more info would be nice.


    Edit. You just did it. Thanks
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