5 Jul 2010

Public sector pay changes hit women hardest

I mentioned here before the disproportionate impact of a public sector pay freeze on women workers. The same, of course, goes for public sector redundancy changes and pension changes.

The current public sector workforce is about 75 per cent female. It’s 77 per cent women in the NHS, 87 per cent in primary schools, 73 per cent in local government. And when the pay freeze finishes, there could be a complete re-think in national pay awards coming down the line behind it.

The government has already flagged up that possibility for police and teachers. The cabinet secretary called in the pay review bodies recently… presumably they were told to hibernate?

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