The Pay of Non-Manual Workers in the Public Sector

  • R. F. Elliott
  • J. L. Fallick


By 1971 non-manual workers comprised a majority of all employees in both central and local government. As Table 2.7 (page 22) shows their numbers have grown rapidly during the 1960s and 1970s and indeed a large majority of the very sizable expansion of public employment that occurred at this time took the form of non-manual employment. It seems likely that by the mid-1970s non-manual workers accounted for around 60 per cent of all central and local government workers. Furthermore, as we have seen in Chapter 3, accompanying this expansion in employment there has been an upsurge in militancy among these same groups. For a variety of reasons hitherto passive public executives and administrators resorted to industrial action on a number of occasions during the 1970s and unionisation increased substantially among these same groups. So what was the pattern of salaray growth over this period that caused such discontent and what happened to the other elements of pay which are so important for white-collar workers’ annual increments? These are the questions that we address in this chapter in a detailed analysis of the growth in salaries of non-manual workers in the public sector.


Public Sector Civil Service Salary Growth Salary Increase Clerical Worker 
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  • J. L. Fallick

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