Question 24: Why are certain public servants and members of semi-state bodies paid so much money?

Posted by Dylan in Answers

During the ‘Celtic Tiger’ period, wages in the private sector increased rapidly and the public sector had to also increase the salaries paid to its staff, in order to attract and keep the best workers. While wages have come down in the private sector, it is not so easy to change public sector wages. This means there’s now a gap between some public and private salaries, and certain public servants and members of semi-states are now earning more than their opposite numbers in the private sector. When elected, I will fight to reduce private sector/public service animosity by making public sector pay discussions and agreements more public and transparent. I will also seek to reduce the number of political appointees to semi-state bodies.

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