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Economics / UK Economy Dec 28, 2007 - 03:40 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Economics The unproductive public sector renowned for demanding unrealistic pay hikes whilst at the same time failing to deliver competitiveness and anticipated output, looks set to go to war against Gordon Browns government during 2008. Which is already expected to be the worst year for jobs in a decade.


Prime sectors of the public sector to assault on government finances amidst a weakening economy are likely to be local government and the NHS. As an example GP's are already targeting pay hikes of as much as 10% for 2008 against government offers of 1.5%. This is after several years of self delivered pay rises of 33% per annum or more whilst at the same time cutting back on time spent on patient care. The consequence being an increasing loss of confidence in GP surgeries and the wider NHS with more and more patients seeking to opt for private diagnoses and treatment, where in many cases patients go abroad to the continent for both more competent and competitively priced medical care or even wider a field to asia.

The union leaders response has been to suggest that the attempted pay freeze during 2007 and for the next 3 years at 2% will result in a cut in living standards for public sector workers. However, the public sector pay should be linked to productivity, which it has never been. Whilst the current state of affairs continues, the public sector will be a continuing drain on the UK economy. Rather than pay rises during 2008 the public sector should be subject to pay cuts which is inline with the failure to increase productivity during the last 10 years.

Over the last 7 years public sector debt has grown from 29% of GDP to 37% of GDP, with the budget deficit at £9 billion for November 2007 alone to be added to the burden on the UK economy in the form of servicing interest payments on total debt of £520 billions. This drain on the economy is evident in the increasingly down sloping trend channel as the public sector diminishes the UK economies ability and prospects for future growth.

Analysis of UK GDP Growth for 2008

UK GDP Growth Forecast 2008

The Market Oracle forecast for UK GDP growth by the end of 2008 is for an annualised rate of between 1% and 1.3%.

By Nadeem Walayat

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