Top earners in the public sector are now better paid than their peers in manufacturing, according to research out this week.
A survey by the Institute of Directors found that senior executives in government-funded organisations enjoyed a 6.5% pay rise this year.
Public sector bosses now earn an average of £85,000 a year, putting them behind only to City executives in the pay stakes.
Unions this week slammed the figures, saying they showed evidence of a fat-cat culture.
Transport and General Workers’ Union general secretary Tony Woodley said. “The money going to these public sector fat-cats is a slap in the face for staff in the trenches.
“This blows to smithereens the chancellor’s public sector pay target.”
Institute of Directors director general Miles Templeman said: “We want good people running our public services, but people should be paid on performance and, broadly speaking, the public sector is not performing.”