From the TUC

The myth of the over-paid civil servant

19 Nov 2010, by in Public services

Today’s Civil Service Statistics provide an answer to all the stories in the newspapers about over-paid civil servants. The figures show that, in 2010, half of all civil servants have gross annual earnings below £22,850; for those working full-time, half earn less than £23,680 (in the 2009 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings the equivalent figure for full-time employees generally was £25,800.)

A quarter of all civil servants earn less than £17,800.

It would be nice if some of the politicians who are planning cuts to public services would recognise that many of the people who work in those services are badly paid.

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  2. Just Visiting
    Nov 21st 2010, 1:49 pm

    Yes, taken across all ~500K civil servants, the averages reflect of course that there are more indians than chiefs.
    The chiefs do OK financially – the ~6% on grades 6-7 average £50,000.
    And the ~1% of senior civil servants average nearly £80,000.
    So thats 5,000 earning an average of £80,000; and 30,000 on £50,000.

    But anyway, the bigger question is harder to answer – how many of them perform meaningful and useful work.

  3. Tokyo Gaijin
    Nov 22nd 2010, 6:06 am

    As ever only a part of the story.
    What about the defined benefit pension civil servants get that they only have to contribute 3.5% towards ? whilst the employer – a.k.a taxpayers contribute between 17% and 26%. Compare this with private sector benefits and contributions.

  4. Sbrew
    Nov 24th 2010, 7:51 pm

    Tokyo Gaijin you are yet another person compounding the myth about civil service pensions-yes the employer can contribute up to 18% but only if the employee contributes 18%. If the employee contributes 3.5% then the employer will contribute 3.5%. Did you get your “facts” from the Daily Mail?
    Also, don’t forget that civil servants are also tax payers – most doing jobs serving the community and not lining bankers pockets.

  5. Tokyo Gaijin
    Nov 25th 2010, 12:01 am

    Sbrew
    Facts and Daily Mail ? surely an oymoron.
    My facts are real and came from the Civil Service website, see this link http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/my-civil-service/pensions/new-entrants.aspx
    Maybe now you want to check your assertion that employee and employer contributions are matched.