Public sector fat-cats get the cream as pay outstrips inflation and private sector peers

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.”

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