One in five public sector key workers consider quitting.Jo Clark
One in five public sector key workers are “actively considering” quitting and changing jobs, according to the Trade Union Congress.
A study conducted by the TUC revealed “serious disillusionment” among employees, with complaints about low pay, excessive workload and feeling undervalued.
It found one in five people are thinking of leaving the public sector and one in four of the 1,364 workers surveyed said government policy on pay has made them more likely to look for another job.
The TUC noted that public sector staff have been informed their pay is being frozen, while the government has given NHS staff a 3% pay rise – which has sparked warnings of industrial action.
The union said Boris Johnson’s promise of a high wage economy is “farcical” while public sector pay is held down and warned that a “toxic mix” of low pay, excessive workloads and a lack of recognition is pushing key workers in the public sector to the brink, with many at breaking point and on the verge of leaving their profession for good.
Research on how much public sector pay has fallen since 2010 was published by the TUC, which found that wages have decreased £3,194 for paramedics, £2,469 for nurses, £1,490 for care workers, £1,519 for refuse collectors, £2,579 for firefighters and £2,003 for teachers.