State workers earning £7k more than those in the private sector

PUBLIC sector workers are paid an average of £7,000 a year more than their private sector counterparts once pension contributions are taken into account, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS September Economic & Labour Market Review found state employees earn an average of £615 a week, including pension provision, compared with an average of £479 a week in the state sector. This equates to an average of £31,980 a year for public sector workers, compared to £24,908 in the private sector.

The ONS figures reveal average pay is lower for private sector workers, even before pensions are taken into account. Average public sector pay is £539 a week before pensions, compared to £465 on average in the private sector.