The compensation of top and middle managers in
central government is towards the higher end of European norms, based on OECD
data from 2009. By contrast, the compensation of administrative staff
(secretaries) is towards the lower end of European norms.
The Institute of Public Administration says in
report (pdf) published today that on average, top managers compensation in
the UK and Ireland in 2009 was 7.7 times that of administrative staff
(secretaries) whereas for the Nordic countries top managers compensation was 3.5
times that of secretaries.
Similarly middle managers compensation was 4.2
times that of secretaries in the UK and Ireland whereas it was 2.2 times greater
in the Nordic countries. The Nordic countries have a much flatter compensation
structure (particularly Finland and Sweden), whereas the UK and Ireland have
opted for higher compensation at the higher levels.
Two out of every three people employed in the
public service work in either health or education. In 2011, there were
approximately 105,000 people employed in the health sector and 93,000 people
employed in the education sector.
The Exchequer pay and pensions bill more than
doubled from €8.632bn in 2000 to €18.753bn in 2008. But from 2008 to 2011, as
the cutbacks in numbers and pay introduced by the government have taken effect,
the Exchequer pay and pensions bill has decreased in all sectors. It was
€17.127bn in 2011.
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