Belfast Telegraph

Pay gap figures will be misused, warns union

By Peter Cripps

Unions questioned official figures showing an 8% gap in the average hourly pay of public and private sector workers, warning that the figures could now be "widely misused."

The Office for National Statistics admitted comparisons were "not straightforward" because of differences in the types of jobs, adding that the public sector was made up of a higher proportion of skilled professions and older employees. The public sector workforce also had more people with a degree.

Neil Carberry of the CBI said: "We need to ensure public sector salaries reflect local labour market conditions."

But civil service union Prospect warned that the data will be taken out of context by coalition politicians to continue their "attacks" on public sector workers.