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Public vs private sector pay

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Dear Her Majesty's Treasury,
Please could you provide the evidence and explanatory information you hold behind the assertion that public sector workers had a 7% premium over the private sector even before the Covid-19 pandemic. In particular could you explain whether this is a raw figure, or after adjustment for the qualifications, skills and experience prevalent in the two sectors, which I know are very different.

In addition, could you also provide further disaggregration behind the comparative private and public sector wage changes from March to September, compared with a year earlier. In particular, please could you provide private and public sector figures separately for those earning less than £24,000 and those earning more than £24,000. Could you also state whether the figures referred to in Mr Sunak's spending review speech related to wages before, or after, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme payments were taken into account.

Note that I am familiar with the Information Commissioner's previous judgements on Freedom of Information requests, and if you don't already hold this information you are expected to analyse the data to be able to respond, unless of disproportionate costs (which I doubt would be the case for this request). I will not hesitate to appeal if you fail to provide the simple set of information I request.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Wilcox

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Dear FOI Requests,

I'm sorry but your response is not adequate.

First, you mention the costs associated with the specific information I have requested. I do not for one moment believe that analysis of ASHE would take that long, or that long to quality assure. It is a well-established dataset (over 50 years vintage) and the analysis I talk about should be routine.

Second, this analysis should surely have been critical for the Chancellor's judgements. After all, he talked about public vs private sector pay differential changes, so must have had some analysis to justify the freeze for those earning over £24,000 and the increases for those earning under £24,000 , by reference to the private sector for those groups?

Without seeing the data my guess is that the higher earners (over £24,000) have seen increases in pay more comparable to recent norms, and it is those under £24,000 that have done badly. If the Chancellor is using private sector comparators to justify his approach to public sector pay (where the higher paid are well below market rates, the lower paid are paid above them), then why is he adopting a policy that is the opposite to the private sector experience? If there is a reason for this (e.g. continued persecution of the public sector, offset by public sympathy for the lower paid) then just say it clearly.

Therefore I'd be grateful if you'd provide the information requested as I don't believe it take that amount of time to produce, and will have been part of your briefing for the Chancellor.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Wilcox

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