MPs are getting another pay rise, just a year after their salary went up by 10 per cent with a backdated increase.
Their pay packet will be going up 1.3 per cent from £74,000 to £74,962 – up from £67,060 in 2014.
Not bad if you can get it.
But the move is likely to raise some eyebrows, especially when other public sector workers such as junior doctors are striking over pay and working conditions.
In 2015, the median salary was £22,487 including part time and full time workers, according to the ONS.
For full-time workers it was £27,645.
So MPs get around three times the average salary.
Another thing which might cause confusion is that Chancellor George Osborne has capped public sector pay rises at 1 per cent per year.
So… It looks like… MPs are getting 0.3 per cent more than that limit.
Decisions on how much MPs should be paid are taken by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, rather than MPs themselves.
They claimed when bonuses were taken into account, MPs weren’t actually getting more than other public workers. An IPSA spokesman said
This is in line with our determination on MPs’ pay, published in July 2015, where we committed to adjusting MPs’ pay for the rest of this Parliament at the same rate as changes in public sector earnings published by the Office of National Statistics.
‘The ONS index takes account of promotions and bonuses which may explain why the figure is higher than the one per cent wider public sector pay policy.