Definition of public sector in US English:

public sector


  • The part of an economy that is controlled by the government.

    as modifier ‘public-sector salaries’
    • ‘Post-war public-sector growth in South Africa reflected that in many industrial economies with social democratic governments.’
    • ‘The workers are members of the NIPSA public-sector trade union.’
    • ‘Yet it is widely known that much of the public-sector spending has resulted in substandard infrastructure that has crumbled within a short period of time.’
    • ‘This was followed shortly thereafter by a public-sector wage and hiring freeze.’
    • ‘The government says it has to limit public-sector pay increases to stick to an IMF-prescribed economic programme.’
    • ‘But couldn't the public-sector unions still trigger a labor uprising?’
    • ‘On the public-sector side, the country's economic slump has caused what many firms see as serious consequences.’
    • ‘Private backers who could afford it foot the bill, and it looks like there may be some cool industrial and public-sector applications.’
    • ‘The different circumstances of a public-sector strike also come into play.’
    • ‘Most public-sector unions in the 1960s and '70s first developed from minority representation.’
    • ‘But of all the possible security executive jobs out there, none is probably as challenging as the public-sector job.’
    • ‘Demonising public-sector employment per se would be unjust and ignorant.’
    • ‘Federal aid in this light provides a modest centralization of public-sector finance for the United States as a whole.’
    • ‘And one wonders at the public-sector whistleblowers' consequent employment prospects in the private sector.’
    • ‘As she put it, each head of a public-sector organisation should be aware of the responsibilities that they assume and what is expected from them.’
    • ‘The reason for this dramatic increase in public-sector inflation is that public sector wages are growing at ever faster rates.’
    • ‘The current public-sector pay agreement with the State Government prevents the union initiating a pay case at this time.’
    • ‘The public-sector activities of child care, education and health care account for a significant proportion of employment.’
    • ‘These public-sector funds are uniquely powerful for two reasons.’
    • ‘When it makes the move next month, the NHS Confederation will become the first public-sector organisation to be based in Brewery Wharf.’


public sector

/ˈpəblɪk ˈsɛktər//ˈpəblik ˈsektər/