Private sector workers are six times more likely to receive a range of employee benefits such as private medical insurance (PMI) and income protection than public sector staff, research has claimed.
Almost a quarter of public sector and more than half private sector workers believe employee benefits packages are better for state employees, but research from MetLife claimed this belief is not necessarily correct.
Stephanie Baillie, employee benefits director at MetLife, said: "The private sector versus public sector debate has understandably focused on the cost and provision of pensions but in reality the picture is more complex.
"Employees in the private sector benefit from access to a wider range of other employee benefits which should be factored into any discussion."
Public sector workers remain far more likely to receive pensions and paid holiday above the statutory minimum than private sector workers, research from MetLife claimed.
More than three quarters of public sector workers can access a pension scheme with employer contributions, compared to 47% of private sector staff.
The research came as the government continues to negotiate with trade unions over the future of public sector pensions.
At the end of February, National Health Service (NHS) workers rejected the government's latest offer on reform, which could include later retirement dates, increased employee contributions and a move from final salary to career average models.
Unison, the GMB and Prospect are still negotiating.
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