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Understanding What Has Been Happening to the Public‐Sector Pay Premium in Great Britain: A Distributional Approach Based on the Labour Force Survey / Philip Murphy; David Blackaby; Nigel O'Leary; Anita Staneva

British Journal of Industrial Relations

Swansea University Author: O'Leary, Nigel

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DOI (Published version): 10.1111/bjir.12474

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This paper investigates what has been happening to the public sector wage differential in GB over the period 1994 to 2017. The evidence indicates that apart from men in the lower part of the pay distribution the public sector pay premium has declined for all public sector workers. This decline has c...

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Published in: British Journal of Industrial Relations
ISSN: 0007-1080 1467-8543
Published: 2019
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa50294
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Abstract: This paper investigates what has been happening to the public sector wage differential in GB over the period 1994 to 2017. The evidence indicates that apart from men in the lower part of the pay distribution the public sector pay premium has declined for all public sector workers. This decline has coincided with a decline in the overall pay-gap, which is associated with changes in the composition of public and private sector workforces. As the relative pay disadvantage experienced by public sector workers at the top of the pay distribution has got worse overtime this must raise serious concerns about the ability of the public sector to recruit and retain the staff it needs to deliver public services.
Keywords: public sector pay differentials
College: School of Management