Workers in private industry would need to put aside more than a third of their take home pay to match the gold plated pensions enjoyed by public sector workers, a study has shown.

And that is the case even after the changes which prompted today’s strike, the report reveals, laying bare the full extent of Britain’s pensions ‘apartheid’.

Figures supplied to the Daily Mail show that a public servant on a starting salary of £22,000 will pay £176 a month under the new arrangements and can expect an annual pension of £26,633 at age 66, assuming average wage rises through his or her career.