Ireland’s largest public service union, IMPACT, issued this response to Friday’s CSO earnings and labour costs release:
“After nearly a decade of pay stagnation, it’s encouraging to see modest pay recovery happening across the economy, although pay adjustments are still lagging behind economic growth projections for 2017 as measured by both GDP and GNP.
“Today’s CSO release makes it clear that the difference between pay recovery in the public and private sectors is almost entirely due to a statistical quirk caused by the employment of temporary census staff in 2016. This deflated the public service figures in 2016, rather than inflating them in 2017.
“Most public servants have simply received a modest pay increase of about €19 a week before tax last April, which is in line with average pay movements in the rest of the economy.”