Median pay growth has exceeded 5% for well over a year. Unless you are in the public sector, of course. Then this is apparently impossible to pay.
The deliberate choice being made by the government to prevent the payment of market-matching pay settlements in the public sector is only rational if you realise that their aim is twofold. One is to force people out of public sector employment because they can no longer afford to work in it. The second is to destroy those services. I cannot fund another explanation for such stupidity.
Well, it’s an assertion. Except, from the same data source:
The health and social work sector has seen the greatest increase in payrolled employees since January 2022
Up by 142,000 people. Also, median earnings growth in that sector 5.5%.
So, you know, perhaps not?