Table 1: Pay differentials in public and private sectors, OECD-countries*

  1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
Australia 1.20 1.21 1.21 1.18 1.20 1.24 1.24 .. ..
Canada 1.37 1.34 1.39 1.41 1.37 1.39 1.43 .. ..
Finland .. .. .. 1.04 1.04 1.04 1.04 1.03 ..
France                  
Total .. 1.04 1.05 1.05 1.06 1.08 1.10 1.10 1.12

Senior Managers

.. 0.76 0.77 0.76 0.72 0.73 0.74 0.73 0.73

Intermediary professions

.. .. .. 0.89 1.88 0.90 0.91 0.91 0.92

White collar

.. 1.00 1.02 1.00 0.98 0.99 .. 0.96 0.97

Blue collar

.. 1.01 1.04 1.03 1.09 1.12 .. 1.10 1.11
Mexico 1.57 1.55 1.64 1.67 1.73 1.81 1.89 .. ..
Netherlands 1.09 1.12 1.15 1.13 1.15 .. 1.15 .. ..
New Zealand .. .. .. .. .. 1.16 1.14 1.14 1.12
Portugal .. .. .. .. .. .. 1.61 1.64 ..
Spain .. 1.25 1.27 1.27 1.29 1.31 1.27 .. ..
United Kingdom 0.96 0.97 0.97 0.92 0.99 1.02 1.02 1.02 1.00
USA 1.10 1.06 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.08 1.10 1.10 ..
* Ratio: gross average earnings in the public sector/gross average earnings in the private sector, except for France: net average earnings.

Source: OECD 1997b, 125.