Trends in Public Sector Pay in OECD Countries 1995

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Author(s):
OECD
Publication Date :
10 Nov 1995
Pages :
166
ISBN :
9789264062511 (PDF) ; 9789264146433 (print)
DOI :
10.1787/pubsector_pay-1995-en

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Controlling public spending is a priority for OECD countries. Salary policy in the public sector is therefore of particular concern. This new annual report analyses recent trends in public sector pay in OECD countries. It examines the links between public expenditure and public sector compensation costs, and presents recent developments in pay determination systems in the public sector. It provides information on the level and the components of individual remuneration for a typical employee in ten selected occupations, and identifies various mechanisms implemented in countries to make individual pay more flexible. Every year, a chapter focusing on a specific experience in the public sector pay area will be added. This report should be of particular interest to public officials responsible for defining, implementing and monitoring pay policy in the public sector and to experts in pay determination systems, employment systems and industrial relations in the public and private sectors.

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Table of Contents

SUMMARY
INTRODUCTION
Part 1.
ANALYSIS OF THE AGGREGATE DATA
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Public expenditure and public sector compensation costs: What links?
-Presentation of the macroeconomic data
-Compensation costs and pay bill trends
-The State as employer
-Programmes for reducing the volume of public employment
-Public employment as a macroeconomic policy instrument
-Paytrends
-Cost of living adjustments
-Adjustment to private sector pay
-Taking account of local labour market conditions
-Decentralisation of pay determination
-Trends in the dispersion of public sector pay
-Pay determination and changes in the budgetary allocation rules
-Pay determination and new employment management policies
-Total revision of the job classification system
-Specific changes in the job classification system
Part 2. ANALYSIS OF INDIVIDUAL REMUNERATION
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Trends in the components of individual remuneration
-Predominance of the basic salary
-Guaranteed allowances
-Individual allowances
-Paytrends
-Pay increases according to seniority
-Pay trends in real terms
-In a centralised system
-Systems differentiated according to functional sub-sectors
-Regional disparities
-Trends in the purchasing power of public sector employees
-Cross-country comparison of pay levels
-Comparison of relative pay levels
-Comparison of purchasing power parities for the sample occupations
CONCLUSION
Annex 1. Glossary
Annex 2. Nominated National Experts
Annex 3. Data Collection Outcome
Annex 4. Tables
Annex 5. Wage and Non-Wage Costs in the Public Sector in Four OECD Countries
Annex 6.  List of Occupations
Annex 7. The Analysis of Public Sector Pay using Micro-Data, by Claudio Lucifora