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As a result of the pay cap, public sector workers - such as nurses - now earn on average 1% than their private sector counterparts (Credit Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images)

Public sector workers earn less, but it’s not as bad as you think

According to just released figures by the Office for National Statistics, public sector workers are paid 13% less than equivalent workers in the private sector.

But that doesn’t account for attributes like age and experience. When these factors are considered, public sector employees earn just 1% less per hour, down from 4% less in 2010.

But it’s not all good news. One notable change in circumstance since 2010 is the public sector pay freeze which, introduced in 2011, held pay for those earning over £21,000 per year.

The freeze lasted two years, but since then pay rises have been capped at 1%. This has left median public sector wages £1,000 lower in real terms than they were in 2010, according to the Guardian. As there’s little to suggest the government will change the pay cap policy any time soon, the Trades Union Congress estimates that by 2019 nurses, teachers and firefighters will be more than £2,500 a year worse off than they were in 2010.