Why May Is Facing Pressure Over U.K. Public-Sector Pay: Chart

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is under mounting pressure to allow bigger increases in public-sector pay in the wake of her general-election debacle. Ministers have indicated they are prepared to do just that, amid warnings of a looming recruitment crisis in the health service and education. If the present 1 percent ceiling on wage increases is maintained, as May’s Conservatives propose, the gap between what government employees make compared with private-sector workers would narrow to a level not seen in at least a generation, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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