Average public servant costs taxpayers $114,100 per year
Former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page appears before the Commons government operations and estimates committee. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
A new report from Canada's budget watchdog suggests the country's federal public servants have enjoyed a pretty good decade or so.
The paper from the Parliamentary Budget Officer shows the average public servant costs taxpayers $114,100 a year in total compensation.
What's more, the PBO says compensation in the federal service has outpaced inflation and that of other employees - both in business and other levels of government - over the last 13 years.
"Total compensation (per full-time employee) in the federal workforce outpaced not only CPI (inflation), but also that of the Canadian business sector and provinces and territories over the study period," the report states.
Although the government has recently announced new restraint measures that will cut the number of public servants, the PBO estimates that average compensation for salaries and benefits will reach $129,800 in the next three years.
With files from the Canadian Press