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

    Facts and Daily Mail ? surely an oymoron.
    My facts are real and came from the Civil Service website, see this link
    Maybe now you want to check your assertion that employee and employer contributions are matched.