So the benchmarking report on public sector pay is out in Ireland. It recommends no increase for most jobs pointing out that pension benefits alone are worth 12%. The usual suspects are gleeful and fair enough, benefits have value. However the raises that are given nearly all go to the high end. I don't have figures for all the roles, but elected ministers appear to be well paid. Did pension calculations go into their salaries - do Ministers get negative pensions? Personally I think that pay for lower level civil servants is way too low. And the idea that the civil service should shrink in times of population growth and increased economic activity boggles the mind. But regardless it's pretty obvious that there's one set of compensation rules for those higher up in the civil service and another for those lower down the ladder.