Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Reason why Bureaucrats Make More

"Of course I get more benefits and stuff, but I think I deserve them. I do a lot of work, and it's stressful."

-Public Servant Shannon Steele

It sure is stressful. So stressful in fact that on average, bureaucrats take:

17.3 vacation days
8.3 sick days
1.6 "family days"

In 2002-2003, the average salary in the public service was $73,400 including benefits. In the private sector it is $38,885.

And, despite earning more than those in the private sector, bureaucrats also lead the way in anxiety and depression...

So next time you meet someone who works for the government, give them a hug. They need it.

1 comment:

peter said...

I agree, most Bureaucrats definately need a hug, they are probably stressed out, mainly because people in the real world know that if they have completed about two years or more of government service, they have become brain dead. This is the source of the stress levels, certainly not from any heavy workload.
I know people that have gone from the private sector into the public sector and are going out of their minds in a matter of days, seeing the hideous budgets, lack of competence, and sub-standard work practices, coupled with an unbelievable string of approvals for projects that never seem to end as result of the approval process itself, which is polluted with political correctness, ladder climbing, and plain old stupidity. I know somebody personally, who went from the private sector into the government, and after 1 month, was complemented on his superior skills in the department. So much so that after only two months of employment, they are going to send him to university to increase his knowledge, of course at the public expense. What infuriates me is that every other employee in that branch has a thirty page resume, outlining their amazing skills and experience. What a crock of S..t. Without tarring every bureaucrat with the same brush, for the most part all of the ones I've dealt with need a dose of reality. They would never make it in the real world.

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