Ireland - Public-private pay difference debated - May 31, 2017

A widening pay gap that has been signalled by the statistical office between public and private wages has prompted warnings from business lobby groups. The latest earnings data from the Central Statistics Office show average weekly earnings rose 1.4% to 723 euro in the first quarter of 2017. They also reveal the differential in weekly pay between the public (916 euro) and private sector (669 euro) now stands at 247 euro, a rise of 4 euro on the corresponding period in 2016. The Small and Medium Enterprises Association (Isme) warned against ‘unjustifiable’ public-sector pay increases. The trade unions pointed out that the differential between public- and private-sector pay reflects the high number of poorly paid staff in the services and hospitality sector, and that the comparison is therefore unjust.

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