June 5, 2011

Public and private sector terms, conditions and the issue of fairness

The next four years will see significant changes in the remuneration, terms and conditions of workers in both the public and private sectors.

This note examines the evolution of pay and conditions during 2010 and what the prospects are for these moving forward. It shows that public sector pay is higher and continued to grow faster than private sector pay during 2010 and that significant reforms will need to be made to limit job losses in the public sector and to achieve equity and fairness in the labour market.


Ed Holmes

Senior Research Fellow for Economics & Social Policy, 2009-2013

Matthew Oakley

Head of Economics & Social Policy, 2011-2013

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