Canadian public-sector workers are paid 12% more than their private-sector counterparts, says a study released Thursday by the Fraser Institute.

Although the conservative think-tank said Statistics Canada did not record data in enough detail to make a more rigorous comparison, public workers probably also had better pensions and other non-wage benefits, such as shorter work weeks and earlier retirement.

“To be frank, this is in line with previous reports that have been done since the ’70s, and in line with what we’ve seen internationally,” said Jason Clemens, the institute’s executive vice-president.