One in five key public sector 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, complaining of low wages, overwork and a feeling of undervaluation.
It found that one in five people were considering leaving the public sector, and one in four of the 1,364 workers surveyed said the government’s compensation policy had made them more likely to seek other employment.
The TUC noted that public sector staff had been told their pay was frozen, while the government gave NHS staff a 3% pay rise – prompting warnings from industrial action.
The union said Boris Johnson’s promise of a high-wage economy is “farcical” as public sector wages are kept low and warned that a “toxic mix” of low wages, excessive workloads and a lack of recognition pushes key public sector workers to the brink, with many on the verge of breaking up and on the verge of leaving their profession for good.
Research into the decline in public sector wages since 2010 was published by the TUC, which found that wages had fallen by £ 3,194 for paramedics, £ 2,469 for nurses, £ 1,490 for nurses. carers, £ 1,519 for garbage collectors, £ 2,579 for firefighters and £ 2,003 for teachers.
General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Too many key public sector workers are at breaking point due to a toxic mix of low wages, excessive workloads and a serious lack of recognition.
“It was the nurses, caregivers and teachers who helped the country through the pandemic.
“After years of underpaid our key workers and underfunding our public services, this pandemic must be a turning point.
“The Prime Minister’s promise of a high-wage economy is nothing less than a farce as his government continues to keep wages in the public sector.
“Ministers must use the fall spending review to end the public sector wage freeze and give a pay rise to all public sector workers, and they must also properly fund our public services.”
Unison Assistant General Secretary Jon Richards added: “Higher wages for less stressful work are tempting.
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“The demoralized health, care, counseling, school and police staff have had enough – and who can blame them?
“Failure to invest now in public services and the staff who run them will leave the UK ill-prepared and exposed to the next global crisis.”
A government spokesperson said: “We recognize the incredible work that public sector workers have continued to do throughout the pandemic, and the challenges many of them faced as key workers.
“This is why we have continued to offer pay increases to over one million NHS employees and a minimum increase of £ 250 to public sector workers earning less than £ 24,000.
“We are committed to building a high-wage, high-skilled economy and the latest figures show that those in the public sector enjoy a 7% wage premium over workers in the private sector.”