Jxbr - I assume you get the 45% from 10,735 COs vs. 23,740 total.
These figures are from late 2009. A lot of higher grades left since under cost neutral early retirement. Howlin’s 53% figure may be the current correct figure.
I agree that he shouldn’t say COs are eanring an average 22K, I can’t see how they are as that’s the starting point (plus starting points are 10% lower for all NEW civil and public servants going forward).
But it may be sloppy journalism, not quoting him verbatim. The mean for a CO would be a high 20K I reckon.