The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has called for an end to the public sector pay gap, following recent statistics released by the Resolution Foundation.
According to the report, the public sector average real pay for workers is expected to fall further over the next three years.
The Resolution Foundation report shows that public sector pay declined three months to February, while private sector pay saw growth in the same period.
It is suggested that the average public sector pay in 2019-20 could be £1,700 lower, in comparison to its peak in 2009-10, if current pay trends continue.
The Resolution Foundation Earnings Outlook report also highlights that pay growth was particularly weak within health and social work and could fall again by 6% by 2019-20.
Commenting on the financial forecast for the sector, Director for Policy, Employment Relations and Communications at the RCM, Jon Skewes, said: “This is further proof that we are short-changing our hard working midwives and other NHS staff who have already seen a substantial fall in the value of their pay, despite a rising cost in living.
“We call again on the Government to lift the 1% cap on public sector pay, so that the dedication, commitment and skill of our midwives and other NHS staff are recognised and fairly rewarded.”
Furthermore, public sector education pay is lower in 2016 than recorded in 2003 and could fall a further 3% by the same period.
Speaking to the Nuffield Foundation, Economic Analyst at the Resolution Foundation, Adam Corlett, said: “While rising inflation is applying the brakes to real pay growth across the board, the outlook for public sector pay looks particularly weak.
“Pay is now actually falling, and worst is expected to continue for the rest of the parliament, with levels at the end of the parliament dropping back to levels last seen in 2004.”
The full Resolution Foundation Earnings Outlook report can be found here.
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