Aside from any reunification debate, surely the economics of this are totally unsustainable going forward. It seems that the gap has only gotten bigger since the signing of the GFA.
Furthermore:The pay gap between Northern Ireland's public and private sector workers is wider than at any time since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
The average full-time public sector worker here now earns a staggering 45% more than an employee in the private sector. In the rest of the UK the difference is just 17.8%.
Executive under fire over public-private pay chasm - Belfast TelegraphFor full-time Northern Ireland employees, wages are on average 44.9% higher in the public than the private sector.
For full-time female employees, the public sector wages are an astonishing 71.8% higher.
Public sector wages in Northern Ireland are on average 2.2% higher than rest of the UK.
Private sector earnings are 18.3% lower than the rest of the UK.
Half of public expenditure costs in Northern Ireland now go to paying the wages of the public sector.
It also notes that the average public sector wage in NI is now £30,067 (€37,163), whilst in the private sector it stands at £20,735 (€25,628).
In comparison, in the UK as a whole, the average public sector wage stands at £23,660 - a difference of almost £7,000 or €8,652 with Northern Ireland.