Uncivil Service: Working for the Government Isn't What It Used to Be

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The stereotypical civil servant isn’t a risk-taker. Government workers typically earn much less than they would in the private sector; in exchange, they get more certainty. Government jobs are associated with gold-plated pensions (now a little tarnished), health benefits, and near-rock-solid job security. Those long-term perks are worth a lot, particularly during a recession: Government workers can rest relatively easy while private firms make cuts and layoffs.

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