CIPD members overwhelmingly support the proposal that there should be more in the public sector, an opinion poll has suggested.

The weekly poll found that 83 per cent are in favour of such reform, put forward in the institute’s report Coping with Less: Pay and pensions in the public sector. Only 13 per cent disagreed with the suggestion, while 4 per cent said they did not know. There were 1,438 respondents to the poll, conducted on the CIPD website.

The finding supports the CIPD’s position articulated this week that more performance-related pay would allow “more bang for the taxpayer buck” as budgets tighten.

The move would reconnect reward with service delivery in the sector, and give flexibility at a time when the overall public-sector pay bill will be frozen, it is argued.