Public sector pay rises overtakes private

sector pay has risen faster than private sector pay during the last two years,
shows a survey.

The survey by Income Data Services shows that
pay rises in the private sector slowed as business was faced with economic
uncertainty. However, public sector pay has leapt as the government tries to
address low pay.

Traditionally public sector pay
increases are much smaller than private rises. The increases are also getting
more pronounced. Since April, more than half of private
sector pay rises
have been less than 3 per cent yet two-thirds of public sector pay increases
have been above 3 per cent .

By Quentin Reade

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