Labour Market Implications of Changes in the Public Sector
In 2010 the UK coalition Government committed itself to an active policy of fiscal consolidation designed to ‘eliminate’ the structural deficit by the end of the current parliament (HM Budget, March 2011). As part of their consolidation plans the Government announced its intention to promote a rebalancing of the UK economy, away from public sector and towards the private sector.
Following on from the announcement of the deficit reduction plan in June 2010 there was a common perception that public sector workers occupied a privileged position, most notably with regard to their pensions, pay, working conditions and job quality.
Set against this background, investigating relative public sector pay across the earnings distribution, the quality of public sector jobs, and the effect of changes to public sector pay and employment on equality groups provides the main focus of this research.