Public Sector

Tory MP sparks fury after claiming junior nurses are paid more than “hairdressers, plumbers or carpenters”

Nurses have been told by a Tory MP they get paid more than “hairdressers, plumbers or carpenters”.<p>Eddie Hughes MP has sparked anger by claiming …

Referendums

UK budget deficit narrows in boost for Philip Hammond

Public finances still rising as a proportion of GDP despite unexpectedly strong figures for August<p>Britain’s public sector spending deficit dropped to its lowest August total since 2007 following a boost in VAT revenues and a squeeze on local authority borrowing.<p>The deficit in August stood at …

Economics

Government borrowing at lowest August level for 10 years

<b>Bumper VAT receipts have helped government borrowing to fall to its lowest August level since 2007, according to official figures.</b><p>The government's deficit narrowed to £5.7bn last month, compared with £7bn a year earlier, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.<p>VAT receipts rose by 5.6% from …

Economy

Public sector pay cap: NHS staff real income cut by almost £2,000 over seven years of wage squeeze

The damage inflicted on the living standards of NHS staff by the Government's pay freezes and caps has been underlined by new figures, which show the …

Economics

Companies forced to consider pay rises as skills shortage bites

Britain’s businesses are increasingly running short of workers and will struggle to grow further with their current workforces, it has been claimed.<p>The Recruitment and Employment Confederation found 42pc of companies have no capacity to expand without taking on more staff, up from 34pc a year …

Institute for Fiscal Studies

Keeping 1% public sector pay cap could damage public services, says IFS - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

Theresa May's claim police got a 32% pay rise left in tatters by damning expert report

Five million public sector workers have suffered an average real terms pay cut of 4% since 2010, a report says today.<p>The Government has repeatedly …

Brexit

Finnish government eyes €1bn savings through digitisation

Finland ranks as one of the EU’s most advanced digital economies. Behind this is a government focus on digitisation across public services with …

Business Technology

Ministers face pay cap conundrum, says the IFS

<b>Ministers need to raise public sector pay to help retain skilled staff, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) economic research group has said.</b><p>More restraint "would take public pay to historically low levels relative to that in the private sector", it says.<p>Average weekly public sector pay has …

Economics

Theresa May tells unions to 'think again' over illegal strike action against public sector pay limits

Trade union leaders planning illegal strikes in protest at public sector pay curbs should “think again” about the harm caused to the public, Theresa …

Brexit

What will cost more than lifting the public sector pay cap? Not lifting it

The status quo is maintained at a big cost to wider society and the economy. Yet still the Tories’ dodgy maths hoodwinks far too many people<p>The Conservatives are finally backing down on the public sector pay cap – but not without a fight, and not without confusing the maths. I’m guessing the …

Opinion

Australian Taxation Office looks to the cloud to put crashes in the past as tech exec quits

The ATO has lost a key tech executive, but says a plan to push into cloud computing will make it perform better and avoid a future recurrence of its …

Australian Taxation Office

DEBATE: Should MPs give a blanket pay raise of 3.9 per cent to NHS workers?

Should MPs give a blanket pay raise of 3.9 per cent to NHS workers?<p>Richard Angell, director of the think tank Progress, says YES.<p>NHS staff are …

Social Justice

Police and nurses striking together: it’s no longer impossible

The public sector was fragmented. But pay freezes and cuts to services have finally brought it together<p>When the prime minister raises the terror threat level to critical, as Theresa May did for 48 hours after Friday’s London tube bombing, you think you know what that means. And in some ways, you …

Opinion

Labour Would Not Give Public Sector Workers A Real-Terms Pay Rise, Confirms Dawn Butler

The party would only commit to matching inflation with any increase.<p>Labour would not give nurses, police officers and teachers a real-term pay rise …

Economics

Sunday shows round-up: Amber Rudd says Boris is ‘back-seat driving’ over Brexit

<b>Amber Rudd – Boris should not ‘back-seat drive’ over Brexit</b><p>The Home Secretary took to Andrew Marr’s sofa in the wake of the Friday’s failed terrorist attack on a London Underground train at Parson’s Green station. However, the topic swiftly turned from security to Boris Johnson’s latest 4,000 word …

Brexit

One million public sector worker jobs axed in seven years as education, police and Armed Forces hit

Nearly one million public sector worker jobs have been axed since 2010, new official figures show.<p>Seven years ago 6.4 million worked in the public …

Armed Forces

Public sector employment is at 70-year low, says GMB report

GMB union criticises government policy as report says the public sector jobs share is now 16.9%, the lowest since 1947<p>Public sector employment has fallen to a 70-year low in terms of share of the labour market, the GMB union has said, with the loss of just under a million public sector jobs since …

Economy

The ‘sacrificing’ public servant is an old Kenyan myth

Those consultants earning big money to send reports to the SRC just told us all an expensive joke

Social Justice

Interview: Singapore needs more talent to skip public sector, start a business

SINGAPORE -- Singapore needs to change its tradition of channeling the "best and the brightest" into the public sector if it is to improve its …

Innovation

'Golden goodbyes' for NHS managers now costing £39 million as redundancies soar

Spending on so-called “golden goodbyes” and voluntary redundancy deals has shot up to £39 million a year at the Department of Health (DoH) - an …

Health Care

Unions call for 3.9% pay rise plus £800 for 1 million NHS staff

Demand is based on RPI inflation figure and back pay for seven years of 0% and 1% pay rises, after recent lifting of pay cap for prison and police officers<p>Unions have ramped up the pressure on Theresa May over public sector pay by demanding a 3.9% rise for 1 million NHS staff plus an extra £800 to …

Philip Hammond

Think Tanks Affiliated With ALEC Work to Crush Public Unions

<b>MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT</b>Scott Walker and Wisconsin are serving as a model for contemporary state union-busting. Wisconsin …

Fascism

Government unveils plans for £30m big data innovation centre - NS Tech

The government has unveiled plans to build a £30m National Innovation Centre for Data that will connect academics with industry and the public sector.<p>…

Big Data

May’s public pay fix is too little, and too late

The Health Foundation’s Anita Charlesworth wonders how the easing of the public sector pay cap will be funded. Geoff Booth reckons Tory self-interest has prompted the change<p>The government’s signalling of the end of the public sector pay cap (Report, 12 September) is a welcome development, but no …

Health Care

Tories defeated on NHS pay rise motion after DUP backs Labour

The Conservatives have suffered a defeat in the Commons on a Labour motion on public sector pay, calling for higher wages for doctors and nurses.<p>The …

Brexit

UK unemployment rate falls to lowest level in 42 years

Britain’s labour market set a new record for employment in the three months to the end of July, but the rise in the number of people in work was …

Economy

Police will get pay rise as public sector pay cap is lifted

<b>Police officers are set to get a pay rise of more than 1% – meaning the government has decided to end the public sector pay cap.</b><p>Forces will have to …

More flexible approach needed on public sector pay, says PM May

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday her government would need to be more flexible on public sector pay in the future, and …

Economy

Police Union Accuses Theresa May Of Telling A 'Downright Lie' About Pay Rise

PM claimed officers received a 32% pay increase.<p>Theresa May has been accused by the Police Federation of telling a “downright lie” in the House of …

Brexit