The findings are published today in the latest IDS Report. The results show:
-- public sector pay settlements have been running ahead of private sector pay awards on average throughout the year. In the first and second quarters, the median level of pay rises in the public sector was 3.5 per cent compared with 2.5 per cent in the private sector. By the third quarter the median levels had risen to four per cent in the public sector and three per cent in the private sector
-- there has been a growing move towards long-term agreements in the public sector, with deals running for up to four years. The signs are that most employees in the public sector will be covered by long-term pay deals by early 2003.
The analysis of pay settlements appears on pages 14 to 16 of IDS Report 871 and a copy is available for£30 as part of a trial subscription, through the IDS website.