Public service pay restraint causes recruitment difficulties

Public service pay restraint causes recruitment difficulties
Pay prospects for public servants are starting to improve. (Image:Getty)
Jem Traylen
The government is about to release new public service pay guidance that reflects an environment of high inflation and a tight labour market.The government first released the guidance ordering pay “restraint” in 2020, as a response to covid-19 and updated it again in 2021.In the year to June 2022, the average public service pay increase was 2.3%, compared to 3% in the wider public sector, which includes health, education and local government, while it was 3.4% in the private sector.The Public Service Commission said it intended to re...

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