Millions of public sector workers in the UK are set to receive a pay rise, as Rishi Sunak accepted recommendations made by pay review bodies.

The Prime Minister gave his approval to the changes, with teachers set to be given a 6.5% rise and junior doctors will receive 6%.

Police and prison officers are expected to receive rises of 6% while armed forces personnel will receive 5-6%.

Sky News has reported that NHS workers will get 6% whilst those in the police will get 7%.

Bournemouth Echo: NHS workers are to reportedly get a 6 per cent pay rise in 2023/24NHS workers are to reportedly get a 6 per cent pay rise in 2023/24 (Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images)

Within the NHS, the decision affects nurses, porters, cleaners, paramedics, physiotherapists, 999 call handlers, midwives, security guards and junior doctors.

Whilst this will be welcome news for many people the Government’s decision to rule out extra borrowing to fund the pay increases could leave departments forced to find £3 billion from existing budgets.

The question might remain for some on what a public sector job is, and if they are in one.

What is a public sector job?

The public sector is the part of the economy composed of both public services and public enterprises, INews reports.

This encompasses many of the industries mentioned above, which range from healthcare to education, to transport and the military.

It also includes people who work directly for the Government.

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there are around 5.4 million people in the UK who fit into this category.

One-tenth of all public sector workers are school teachers and a quarter work in the health and social care sectors.