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  • Do Government Workers Think They're Better Off?

    It’s hard to deny the benefits of working for Uncle Sam — outstanding benefits, good pay, and great job security. Though some government workers might throw up their arms in protest when confronted with the facts, a new poll shows that nearly half of government workers now say private sector employees work harder than them. Government Executive reports:

    Sixty-six percent of 1,000 adults polled recently by Rasmussen Reports said they believed private sector employees work harder than government employees, and 56 percent believed government workers earn more annually.

    Nearly half of government workers in the survey — 46 percent — agreed they don’t work as hard as their private sector counterparts; 32 percent said they work harder, and 22 percent were not sure. The government workers also saw eye to eye with their private sector counterparts about job security: 62 percent of government employees said they have more security and 67 percent of overall respondents held that view.

    Where government workers are wrong is in their belief that the average private sector worker earns more money than them. (According to the poll, only 35 percent believe they make more.) In fact, the opposite is true, as Heritage analysis shows.

    In July 2010, Heritage’s James Sherk explained that on average salaries and benefits for identical jobs are 30 percent to 40 percent higher in the federal government than in the private sector. And in June 2011, Heritage’s Jason Richwine authored a study showing that workers who change jobs receive a substantially larger raise when they switch into federal employment rather than into another private job. In February, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report confirming those findings.

    These are averages—some government employees do get paid less than they would in the private sector. Here are some solutions: Congress should implement a pay-for-performance system, expand the contracting of federal work to private companies, raise the federal retirement age from 56 to 65, reduce the generosity of federal benefits, and end the near-absolute job security for underperforming federal workers.

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    4 Responses to Do Government Workers Think They're Better Off?

    1. Bobbie says:

      Pay for performance should always exist in government where matters are handled beyond our control. Unfair and unreasonable to have unions where people are forced to pay without a say like in government wages/benefits and handouts. How despicable government workers wages increase while the governing forces they control and costs in various forms unions help themselves to that protects them from the consequences of their own control, deplete private sector wages, jobs and livelihoods.

      Private sector is held accountable and has the dignity and respect to stand accountable and they don't cost the government a dime! You don't see that in this government. You see clowns conducting a circus of humiliation and indignation drawing in more…

    2. Govt Workerbee says:

      So long as I'm grandfathered, go right ahead. I plan on working until 65 anyway, but I don't want some fellow govt wonk with an axe to grind to decide if my job is viable or not. If that is the case, then I'll take retirement. But it is patently unfair to take everything away from a govt employee who has worked more than 20 years.

      It is only recently, with the Clinton Administration and exacerbated by Obama, where govt salaries have gotten ridiculous. If you get rid of half of Washington DC, those in the Senior Executive Service, and the Czars of the Obama Administration, that would solve the problem right there. Leave us workerbees alone!

    3. Steve says:

      The federal government is the employer of last resort for many workers. People who could never get hired in the private sector. Government has gotten so big and officious in this country and so many Americans depend upon it. It is a monster out of control, like Frankenstein's creation. I ought to know, I worked for Uncle Sam for 36 years.

    4. Stirling says:

      The public sector has become an extension of the Nany/welfare state.. Both expend precious taxpayer funds, and then expect the Fed to print or borrow the difference.. No private sector employee, household, or business could survive on a debt driven model. Government workers should be the 1st on the chopping block for cuts, and layoffs rather then punishing the private sector (which creates the wealth and jobs) being forced to shell out more to fund a bloated unresponsible government. The private sector could force government to downsize just by acting like the 48% that pay no federal taxes, stop working and the welfare/nany state system implodes on itself like the ponzi scheme it is.. But then that has always been the goal of the progressive to do just that, and replace the existing system with a failed socialist model (aka Greece.)..

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