Private sector workers earn less, work more to support Public Service Overlords: report

The average public sector employee makes 18 to 37 per cent more than a comparable employee working in the private sector, according to a new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

The report, which compares employee compensation in the private and public sectors found that, when salaries, benefits and working hours are factored in, a private sector employee makes up to $8,150 less per year, and works up to six hours more each week, compared to someone doing the same job for the government.

If government workers were paid at the same rate as their private sector counterparts, Canadian taxpayers would save up to $20 billion a year, according to the report.

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  • Waffle

    We sure could do with that $20 billion — eh, Kathleen?

    • Oh boy could we.

      • Surele Surele

        She would make a quick job of it.

  • Exile1981

    At this point I’d settle for the public sector workers actually putting in a 40 hour week rather than the usually extended lunches, late arrivals and early leavings they all seem to do.

    • DD_Austin

      If any “real” work really needs to be done, they hire private companies to do it, that way the legal responsibility when the shit hits the fan, lies not with the government employee who is the “project manager” but with the contractor.

      They could put in an 80 hour week, and would still accomplish nothing.
      The entire public sector is geared with one theme. never take “real” responsibility for anything, never do anything.

      • Exile1981

        I have noticed a similar problem of companies owned by europeans, they always hire subcontractors for every task even the ones that are their personal job description and never want any responsibilities.

  • The Goat

    Fire them all.

  • ontario john

    The Federation must be homophobic.

  • Robert McCall

    Wow, nice to have a study that tells us what we have known and been saying for years!

    • Heh;)

      • Robert McCall

        Hydro workers, taxpayers pay 7 to 1 into their pensions, Canada Post is between 5 and 6 to 1 but much worse when you take into account the huge parcel delivery rate increases (20%-25%+ Expedited Parcel USA on Feb 12, 2015) done to try and dig them out of their pension fund deficit.

        On and on, it’s a similar story in all facets of public employ.

        We need to put an end to this foolishness.There is absolutely no way that the future will end in anything even remotely resembling positive. Either these pension funds will bleed taxpayers dry and leave them nothing for their own retirement or the pensions will collapse due to poor investment and credit downgrades causing instability and loss, or both of the above and everyone is screwed!

    • Surele Surele

      we could’ve saved them the money they’ve spent on the study. Just ask.

  • disqus_PwGxBXHn8l

    Fine, but WHAT do the private sector workers propose to DO about it? Private sector workers have been losing out to public sector workers forever. But if they won’t support a Canadian Scott Walker – irrespective of legacy media – , they can just suck it up. I’m sick of hearing about people kneecapping themselves and then bellyaching that it hurts and they can’t walk properly any more. Denyse from Ottawa

  • Tokenn

    No surprise here. I’ve seen lots of government workers ‘at work’…between the sick days, ‘personal days’, lavish vacations, long lunches and work breaks, they have it pretty soft. Then there’s the fact that a lot of what they do [again, in my observation…]is pure bureaucratic busywork, I suspect that $20 billion is a very conservative estimate of what tax savings there would be. My son-in-law has a government job and does work hard at it, but he got it not long ago and still feels uncomfortable about all the time off he is more-or-less expected to take off. He’s also being chased by his supervisors to use up his accumulated vacation time. I suspect he’ll get over it though…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    You know what I’d love to see?
    Public workers DISPLACED by temporary foreign workers and H1b visa holders at the rate they are in the private sector.
    Outsource every single government help and information telephone service to India.
    Then let them go 20-years without a raise and see how they like it.

    • Uncle_Waspy

      A grand plan!
      Too bad bureaucrats wield all the power.

  • David

    Outlaw public sector unions.

    • Surele Surele

      That would be a start.

  • mauser 98

    Gay Pride funding comes first

    • Blacksmith

      HA! That’s funny right there, I don’t care who you are.

      • mauser 98

        shlump taxpayer

  • Freedom

    In America public workers ,for example some IRS employees do work under ” official time” which is working for the Union while being paid by the taxpayers. This is wrong and a ripoff of the taxpayers