Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Government Pay: Now For The Really Bad News

WASHINGTON - JUNE 17:  U.S. President Barack O...
 At a time when workers’ pay and benefits have stagnated, federal employees’ average compensation has grown to more than double what private sector workers earn, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

Federal workers have been awarded bigger average pay and benefit increases than private employees for nine years in a row. The compensation gap between federal and private workers has doubled in the past decade.
What the data show:
Benefits. Federal workers received average benefits worth $41,791 in 2009. Most of this was the government’s contribution to pensions. Employees contributed an additional $10,569.
Pay. The average federal salary has grown 33% faster than inflation since 2000. USA TODAY reported in March that the federal government pays an average of 20% more than private firms for comparable occupations. The analysis did not consider differences in experience and education.
•Total compensation. Federal compensation has grown 36.9% since 2000 after adjusting for inflation, compared with 8.8% for private workers.

What is the chance in Canada we won't find a similar pattern? Our elected officials must look to all areas of government to show restraint and efficient use of tax payers dollars.

The recent steep pay hikes for BC’s senior bureaucrats triggered quite a controversy. Handing out raises in the 20 to 43% range at the top end does seem a bit rich coming from a government that refuses to increase the minimum wage even by a few cents.  -BC Government

A provincial government plan to give Ontario politicians a 25 per cent pay raise before the legislature's Christmas break left the NDP's house leader lashing out Tuesday against the "thoroughly repugnant'' move.
The Liberal government, with the support of the Opposition Conservatives, surprised observers by introducing legislation to raise salaries for members of the legislature to 75 per cent of the pay of their federal counterparts.- Ontario Government Give Themselves A 25% raise.

All levels of Government must show restraint in the treatment of taxpayers dollars.

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