More than 9,000 public sector workers earn more than David Cameron and 38,045 public sector employees have incomes exceeding £100,000, according to a BBC exposé.
The research carried out for the BBC’s Panorama program also found that 1,000 public sector employees earn more than £200,000 per year and the NHS pays 26,000 employees more than £100,000 with nearly 6,500 of its employees earning more than the Prime Minister, who is paid £142,000 per year.
The highest paid public servant in the survey was BBC director-general Mark Thompson, who earned £668,000 before benefits and pension payments. Staff at the BBC featured prominently on the list of high earners, with 331 managers paid more than £100,000.
In education, 17 teachers had higher salaries than the Prime Minister and 385 teachers were paid more than £100,000. The highest paid teacher, employed by Essex County Council, earned £232,500 per year.
Frances Maude, a cabinet office minister, said: You don’t need to pay stupendous amounts to get good people. You can square the circle of having really good people not on telephone number salaries and massive built-in bonuses. That public service ethos is very important.
However, Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, said the findings were “another attack on the public sector”.
He added: The majority of public sector workers will never get anywhere near these salaries. For example, two-thirds of local government workers earn less than £21,000 a year and are facing a three-year pay freeze.
There should not be such a gap between those at the top and those at the bottom. The pay freeze will only make it worse.