Rather shot yourself in the foot again.
But it\’s also a rubbish figure concocting a fallacious average. You can\’t average out the two sectors because there are five times more unskilled workers in the private sector – most manual jobs have been contracted out from the public sector. The state sector is far more highly skilled: ONS figures show only 8.6% of people in the private sector are in professional grades, against nearly a quarter in the public sector. Comparing grade for grade, they are paid 70p an hour less for working for the state.
OK, arguendo, we\’ll accept this. We cannot simply compare private sector and public sector wages. Those averages we get from the ONS for mean and median pay in public and private sectors. For they are different people, doing different jobs, with different levels of responsibility, training, working hours and all the rest.
Fine. That also means that we cannot take those same means and medians from the ONS on the differences between male and female wages because they are different people, doing different jobs, with different levels of responsibility, training, working hours and all the rest. Thus the squealing about the gender pay gap is based upon faulty figures.
That really is something of a problem then, isn\’t it? Either we acept the argument that public and private sector workers are not some homogenous lump, in which case we must do the same with men and women, or we use the figures that do treat them as a homogenous lump in which case we must do the same for public and private sector workers.
As the man said, comment is free but facts are sacred: as is logic.