Written answers

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Department of Finance

Public Sector Pay

8:00 pm

Photo of Shane McEnteeShane McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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Question 135: To ask the Minister for Finance if he has reviewed the evidence or the comparisons of pay in the public sector and in the private sector; his plans to introduce an extended benchmarking exercise to determine the appropriate level of public service remuneration. [37754/09]

Photo of Brian Lenihan JnrBrian Lenihan Jnr (Minister, Department of Finance; Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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I am aware of reports on the levels of pay in public service relative to the private sector. Earlier this year I requested the Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector to conduct an examination of the pay of the top public service groups covered by its terms of reference including a comparison of how their remuneration compared with that of comparable posts in other countries. The report of the Review Body has recently been received and is under consideration at present.

I have no plans to carry out a similar exercise for other public service groups.

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