Federal pay losing ground compared to private sector, report finds

Federal pay losing ground compared to private sector, report finds

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The pay gap between government employees and private-sector workers grew by about 8 percent this year in favor of private-sector workers, the Federal Salary Council announced Friday.

FSC, which assesses the locality pay program annually, concluded federal employees earn 34.6 percent less pay on average than their private sector counterparts. In 2011, that number was 26.3 percent.

The council attributes the growing gap to the continued federal pay freeze as well as a new formula the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses to track employment and salary figures. Continue reading “Federal pay losing ground compared to private sector, report finds”

Report on pay comparison between federal and other workers to be released

Report on pay comparison between federal and other workers to be released

The government Friday will release its latest assessment of how federal employee salaries compare with pay for other workers, potentially putting federal pay once again in the election year debate over the cost of the government.

The Federal Salary Council will receive data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that annually is used to determine the official “pay gap” in some 30 metropolitan zones plus other areas. While by law the figures are supposed to be used in setting federal pay, in practice the raise is determined in the congressional budget process. It already has been decided that pay rates will not increase at least until April 2013. Continue reading “Report on pay comparison between federal and other workers to be released”