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Poll finds public sector workers spared recession's worst

Public sector employees are more likely to see a pay raise than those in the private sector, a new poll shows.


Public sector employees are more likely to see a pay raise than those in the private sector, a new poll shows.


The Corporate Research Associates Inc. survey released yesterday said 75 per cent of public sector employees in Atlantic Canada received a pay raise, compared to 44 per cent for private sector employees and 32 per cent for workers with not-for-profit organizations.


The average pay increase for public sector employees was 2.4 per cent, compared to 1.4 per cent for public and 0.9 per cent for not-for-profit.


“Public sector employees have been shielded from the impact of the recession relative to employees in the private and not-for-profit sectors,” said CRA President and CEO Don Mills in a release. “As well, most of the job loss in the region has occurred in the private sector. There have really been no serious consequences from the recession on public service employees yet.”


The survey – conducted from Nov. 5 to 30 – interviewed 1,501 adults and carries a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.

 
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