6,500 NHS staff earn more than the Prime Minister
Nine thousand public sector staff are earning more than Prime Minsiter with the majority- 6,500 working in the NHS.
An investigation by BBC1’s Panorama and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism suggested the numbers earning more than David Cameron’s £142,500-a-year are significantly higher than previously thought.
Based on the responses to more than 2,400 Freedom of Information requests to public bodies, they show that 38,000 were paid over £100,000 while 1,000 received over £200,000.
They include GPs, teachers, police chiefs, council officers and senior civil servants, as well as senior managers in the BBC itself.
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude insisted that it should not be necessary to offer “stupendous amounts” of money in the public sector.
“You can square the circle of having really good people not on telephone number salaries and massive built-in bonuses,” he told the programme.
“That public service ethos is very important. People will come and work in a public sector for salaries that aren’t competitive in a private sector sense.”
The NHS was the sector found to have the the highest number of staff earning over £100,000 – 26,000 – with almost 6,500 paid more than the Prime Minister.
Those with salaries topping the PM’s included 1,465 GPs – 10 of whom received more than £300,000. The highest earner was an unnamed GP working for the Hillingdon Primary Care Trust with pay of £475,500.
The programme also highlights salaries in the BBC where 97 managers earn more than £160,000, 160 get more than £130,000 and 331 are on over £100,000.
The Civil Service has 241 senior officials receiving as much or more than Mr Cameron, with 26 in the Ministry of Defence, 22 each in the Department for Business and the Cabinet Office, 18 in the Department of Health, and 13 in the Foreign Office.
The overall figures compiled by the programme did not include publicly-owned corporations which operate on a commercial basis – some of which have very highly paid bosses.
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