Wage Bill and Pay Compression provides data on public sector wage bills, pay compression, and government employment. Wage bill includes both central and general government compensation as percentages of GDP, revenues, and expenditures.

Pay compression is defined as the ratio of highest salary to lowest salary on the central government's main salary scale. Public Sector employment includes both General Government and State Owned Enterprise's employees, but only general government employment is captured in this dataset.

Time series
World, East Asia & Pacific, Europe & Central Asia, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, South Asia, Sub Saharan Africa, High income, Low or Middle income, IBRD, IDA
Wage Bill data are from 2000 to 2008. More than 150 countries are covered where data are available. Pay compression data are compiled from various sources and 34 observations are available from mid-1990s to 2008.
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Wage Bill and Pay Compression, World Bank Group


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