The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) claimed today that the latest employment figures present an ‘overwhelming and unarguable’ case to end the public sector pay gap.

Commenting on today’s (15th of March) ONS figures and the Resolution Foundation’s forecast for public sector pay, Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka said:

“There is now an overwhelming and unarguable case to end the public sector pay cap to prevent a further decline in living standards in the coming years.

“All the analysis shows wages across the economy are stagnating, but the government can kickstart the revival by lifting the 1% cap in the public sector.

“Since 2010, the government’s own workforce has lost out more than any other sector and these are the ‘just managing’ families the prime minister promised she would help.”

Using fresh research showing the value of average pay in the civil service will fall by up to 20% by 2020, the union wrote to the Treasury last week calling for the 1% cap to be lifted.