Via Time for the Lib Dems to blow the final whistle on national wage settlements:

Unsurprisingly, recruitment and retention rates in the most deprived parts of the country are well below those of the more affluent. Under normal market conditions, this would be reflected in the pay and conditions: tougher work would be better rewarded. In this country, we hope that our public sector ethos will somehow make up the difference, that there will be enough local heroes willing to undertake more demanding jobs for no extra remuneration. The evidence shows that such hope is as forlorn in reality as it sounds in theory.

And this insightful table:

Impact of general wage differentials on public sector recruitment in a system of standardised public sector pay

I recommend the entire article.

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