by Brett D. Schaefer
The Heritage Foundation
December 03, 2013
Pay of United Nations professional and higher level staff has risen sharply over the past few years in comparison to equivalent positions in the United States federal civil service. U.N. pay is supposed to be based on those of equivalent U.S. civil servants. The discrepancy has arisen, in part, because U.S. pay has been frozen in response to America’s budgetary crisis while the U.N.’s International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) has recommended pay increases. As a result, U.N. compensation—already more generous than that paid by the member states to their own civil servants—has grown comparatively even more lavish. In addition, personnel costs, including salaries, comprise approximately 70 percent of the U.N. regular budget and the budgets of many other U.N. organizations.

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