Source: Howard Risher, Compensation & Benefits Review, Vol. 44 no. 2, March/April 2012
From the abstract:
The budget shortfalls, layoffs and pressure for better performance have heightened the attention to government pay programs around the world. A thread that runs through every discussion is the question of how well public employees are paid relative to those working in other sectors. Although different methodologies have been developed, only one is practical and readily understood–the use of surveys make it possible to compare pay with the levels in other employers using benchmark, generic jobs. The public broadly is not willing to accept government salaries that exceed those in the private sector. This article discusses the strategies for developing market data and for planning new government salary programs.