"Average weekly earnings in the Public Sector (ex Health) rose by 2.5% in the year to September 2009 from €945.18 to €969.11 per week. This compares to a rise of 3.2% in the year to June 2009."
Weekly earnings for
- the Regional Bodies rose by 4.6% (from €815.58 to €852.71)
- the Education Sector by 3.0%, from €944.49 to €973.10.
- An Garda Síochána, inclusive of overtime, fell by 0.8% from €1,196.19 to €1,186.37 per week. Their weekly earnings excluding overtime decreased slightly by 0.1% from €1,077.55 to €1,076.22 for the same period.
- Regional Bodies’ earnings rose by 15.3% (from €739.27 to €852.71),
- Semi State by 17.2% (from €902.95 to €1,058.46),
- An Garda Síochána, inclusive of overtime, rose by 8.8%,
- Education Sector rose by 11.5% in this period,
- Civil Service and the Defence Sector rose by approximately 18% (from €797.37 to €933.03 and €691.28 to €815.58 per week respectively).
Nonetheless at this rate, it will take Ireland about 20 years before we reach the reasonable levels of public sector employment, comparable to other countries, which stands, given our size of labor force and lack of functional military sector, at around 250,000.
In the year to September 2009 employment in Regional Bodies fell from 40,400 to 37,000, a decrease of 3,400. In the same period there were 1,200 fewer people employed in the Civil Service where numbers dropped to 38,100 in September 2009. Employment in the Health Sector fell to 110,200 in the year to September 2009, a drop of 600. Employment in An Garda Síochána rose by 500 from 14,200 in September 2008 to 14,700 in September 2009.
In the four years to September 2009, employment in the Public Sector rose by 17,300 to 360,900
- Education Sector from 84,700 to 97,200, an increase of 12,500
- An Garda Síochána rose by 2,400 from 12,300 to 14,700,
- Health Sector from 101,500 to 110,200, an increase of 8,700,
- Regional Bodies employment decreased from 38,200 to 37,000, a drop of 1,200.
Employment numbers first.
With two details: earnings by category within and outside 1 standard deviation of the mean:showing the lack of overall volatility in the public sector earnings, which shows that the argument offered by the unions that some occupations in PS earn less than others is simply statistically not true. They all earn pretty much the same:
Not a single sub-sector of the PS falls outside 2 standard deviations from the PS mean. Of course, homogeneity is the sign of the lack of proper pricing relative productivity. Then again, it is public sector we are talking about.