NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis


June 22, 2010

Great Britain's public sector employees work nine years less than their private sector counterparts but are paid 30 percent more, according to a new report from Policy Exchange. 

The researchers tell a tale of two Britains -- a state sector awash with taxpayers' cash while the rest of the economy struggles to stay afloat: 

  • Public sector workers enjoy better pay than those in the private sector, as well as better pensions, shorter hours, and earlier retirement.
  • Over their lifetimes, those in the private sector work 23 percent longer -- equivalent to an extra nine years and ten weeks -- than public sector employees; this is thanks to a combination of shorter hours, more time off and earlier retirement. 

The findings explode once and for all the old idea that public sector workers have better job security and gold-plated pensions because they have lower salaries.  They will be seized on by the coalition government, which has warned that the bloated state sector has been artificially insulated from the recession and is in line for massive spending cuts. 

The report also found that the chance of being made compulsorily redundant in the civil service is an astonishing 0.00007 percent. 

Source: "There Aren't Just Two Americas -- There Are Also Two Britains,", June 20, 2010; based upon: James Chapman, "Great Jobs Apartheid," Daily Mail, June 19, 2010. 

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