@lanokia commented on the complacent retired cat pictures, saying that's why non-teachers resent teachers. Is this common these days among working people? Among my retired acquaintances I did know someone who was resentful of public sector pensions, but he had been quite happy to have his private sector perks while he was working. Remember the days when bank or building society employees got preferential rates for mortgages. Company cars were a real perk "in the old days" and I hear no end of tales of company jollies from my walking group friends. Son 2 has lousy pension arrangements but works in an exciting star bizzy environment- yer pays yer money and yer takes yer choice I went into teaching because I lacked the imagination to work out what else I might do and husband went into the public sector for job security - we only learned about the good pensions as fewer companies offered final salary schemes and discussion of annuity rates became a feature of the personal finance pages of the papers. My father worked for CEGB and had an even better deal and my brother in law has a great deal too from a Japanese based company. Someone I know who has every right to resent others good deals is someone who lost much of his pension pot in Equitable Life and I don't know how that was sorted out. He was highly paid so was able to set up new pension arrangements to make up his losses.