Steven Vandeput says that there is barely a salary gap between the public and private sectors
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    Steven Vandeput says that there is barely a salary gap between the public and private sectors

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    There is barely a difference between comparable levels in the public and private sector. However, there is still some work to do in terms of the pay differential between government contract and statutory employees.
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    Steven Vandeput, the Minister for the Civil Service, indicated yesterday (Thursday) that a comparative study upon the salaries of federal civil servants and private sector employees has drawn a vital conclusion.
    It shows that there is “barely a salary gap” between the public and private sectors.

    Level A (master’s degree) for federal government level positions offers a basic salary, which is always higher than the private sector. This emerges from an analysis produced by the FPS Strategy and Support, based on 2016 figures.

    Civil servants at level B (baccalauréat) get a salary slightly below the private sector, but with length of service the gap narrows.

    The pay of those with lower level qualifications (levels C and D) remains slightly below average.

    Moreover, the study stresses that government contractual employees, which constitute 20% of the total amount, are far less well off in terms of salary.

    Minister Vandeput comments, “At the current time, preparatory steps are being made to achieve harmonisation of wages between contract and statutory workers. There is still some work to do upon the salary disparity.”

    Lars Andersen
    The Brussels Times