MPs have enjoyed a 17 per cent hike in their salary over three terms of Conservative governance while the police, teachers and nurses have seen their earnings remain stagnant or drop.
Figures currently making the rounds on social media show that a police starting salary has been reduced to £23,000 in 2018 from £24,000 when the Tories first came to power in 2010.
Newly qualified teachers have seen a marginal increase of £500 in the last eight years, but fully qualified nurses haven’t seen any rise at all.
That’s while MPs salaries have been increased from £66,000 in 2010 to £77,000 today.
The figures have been posted following news that the NHS is haemorrhaging nursing staff, with some choosing to leave for jobs in supermarket Lidl because pay, hours and benefits are better.
The government also recently refused to increase police pay by three per cent in England in Wales in a move that was described as a “punch on the nose” by Britain’s most senior police officer Cressida Dick.
The report warned: “since compensation and working conditions are important for attracting, developing and retaining skilled and high-quality teachers and school heads, it is important for policy makers to carefully consider their salaries and career prospects as they try to ensure both quality teaching and sustainable education budgets.”