Monday, 12 April 2010

Public sector employment

The Spectator's valiant uncovering last week of the fact that just about all of the new jobs that Labour claim to have created went to foreign-born workers was supported by the government's own data.

Labour have subsequently been trying scare tactics to counter suggestions for the massive cuts in public expenditure that are now needed to rescue our economy - they suggest 40,000 public sector jobs could be lost.

The two stories are not unconnected. The figures that the Speccie used show that between 1997 and 2009 the number of foreign born public sector workers rose by 278,000, from 421,000 to 699,000.

Without wishing to be xenophobic about this, 278,000 foreign public sector workers at an average employment cost of £30k cost the taxpayer £8.34bn a year in wages alone - money that would pay for a 1.25% CUT in NI rates.

Sorry, what's the problem?

4 comments:

Letters From A Tory said...

Having a Government without a spine is the problem.

Chuckles said...

I think that by perceiving this as a 'problem' you are confusing the interests of the country with the interests of the Labour party.

JuliaM said...

Is this increase, I wonder, in order to enhance the diversity targets that all public sector areas must now meet?

Mrs Rigby said...

Have you fallen into the trap of assuming that there will be compulsory job losses/redundancies instead of non-replacement at retirement/changing jobs etc.?