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Public sector jobs 'to have pay rises until 2011'

Published: Friday, 27 March 2009   Category: Public sector

One expert has claimed that NHS staff, teachers and police officers will continue to receive pay rises for the next two years at least.

The government confirmed last week that three-year pay awards set during 2008 for people in these roles will continue to be met in full this year.

In news which may interest people looking for graduate jobs in the NHS, teaching or law enforcement sectors, Charles Cotton, reward advisor at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, said he "expects" these public sector workers to "continue receiving pay rises" until 2011 at the earliest.

He explained that at the time of agreement, these pay awards were "actually below inflation".

"The government would be open to challenge by the unions if they were to renege on a review of these deals. Next year's [pay rise] would be just in time for an election, and I can't imagine anyone wanting to upset the workers and unions," stated Mr Cotton.

Peter Neyround, former chief constable of Thames Valley Police, recently told the Times the police force must look at increasing their level of graduate recruitment.

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