Hay Group research: Public sector salaries have risen 13% higher than private sector salaries over last decade

The pay gap between the public sector and private sector has been reversed, with salaries in the public sector rising by 13% more than their private sector counterparts over the last decade.

Hay Group’s PayNet UK salary tracker: public versus private pay gap found that public sector pay, at the operative level, has increased by 50% over the past 10 years while private sector pay, at the operative level, has increased by 37%.

Higher up the pay scale, the public-private pay gap holds true. The research found that senior managers in the private sector still earn significantly more than their public sector counterparts.

Hay Group predicts that the public-private pay gap will widen across all employee levels over the next two years. It forecasts that the private sector will see pay rise by 6% by 2013, while in the public sector, the equivalent roles will see an increase of just 3%.

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