Chancellor Rishi Sunak has outlined his spending statement and confirmed that there is a reluctance to pay public sector workers.
The chancellor emphasized the difference between public sector and private sector wages and said he cannot justify “a significant, blanket” wage increase for all public sector workers in the circumstances.
More than a million nurses, doctors and others working in the NHS will receive a pay rise, but pay increases for the rest of the public sector will be ‘paused’ – except for the 2.1 million workers who are below the £ average wage. Earn 24,000, which will receive a raise of at least £ 250.
Mr. Sunak said, “Taking into account the advice of the pay review agencies, we will provide a salary increase to over a million nurses, doctors and others working in the NHS.
Second, in order to protect jobs, wage increases in the rest of the public sector will be halted next year. But third, we will protect those with lower incomes. The 2.1 million public sector workers earning below the average wage of £ 24,000 will be guaranteed a pay increase of at least £ 250. “
The chancellor said the “majority” of public sector workers will see their wages rise next year.
The Trades Union Congress tweeted, “Workers with the national minimum wage – not least the two million key figures – have been left in the lurch by the government’s decision to row back on the full planned increase promised to them.”
Kate Green, shadow education secretary, said the wage freeze for public sector workers outside the NHS was “a kick in the teeth for committed young workers, teachers, teaching assistants and support staff who worked hard to educate children during Covid” .
“They deserve better,” she added.
Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank, tweeted: “It is true that wages in the public sector have outperformed the private sector this year. But they had been doing (even) worse for ten years. “