Public sector pay increases, but IT sector benefits most in recovery - CSO
EARNINGS in the public sector have increased in the past 12 months, with significant pay rises for gardai and staff in regional bodies.
Weekly salaries are also up in the private sector, with jobs in IT and communications seeing significant increases as they continue to benefit the most from the economic recovery.
Figures released by the Central Statistics Office also showed that job hunters have a better chance of finding employment in IT than in other sectors.
The number of vacant IT jobs increased by 2.8pc in the past 12 months, while weekly IT earnings are up by 16.6pc in the past five years.
However, the news is not so good for those working in the transport industry, with increases in the hours worked a week. It is also the industry with the fewest job vacancies.
Hourly earnings across all sectors are up by an average of 1.5pc compared to this time last year, but the cost of employment has seen similar increases at 1.6pc.
On average, staff in the public sector have seen an increase in their weekly wage of just 27 cent.
However, gardai have seen a 2.8pc increase in earnings in the past 12 months, while staff in regional bodies are 2.6pc better off.
The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) have called for the introduction of a commission to monitor public pay increases.
ISME CEO Mark Fielding said an independent body could ensure that the process would be free of pre-election promises.
"Public sector wage increases must not be used as election enticements, while inefficiencies are accepted as though they are inevitable," he said.
"We need political leaders with a backbone to step forward and instigate real change, then step aside so that we can have a world-class efficient public sector and an affordable public pay bill," he added.
Job vacancy rates rose on average by 0.2pc in the year to June, however the national average across all sectors remains below 1pc.