CIVIL servants’ pay has been revealed for the first time under a new government transparency drive.
The Cabinet Office revealed more than 170 civil servants are paid more than £150,000 a year.
David Nicholson, chief executive of the NHS, is paid £255,000, including £45,000 in kind for a rented flat. Sir Jock Stirrup, chief of the defence staff, earns £240,000 and head of the civil service Sir Gus O’Donnell takes home £235,000. The transparency agenda, kickstarted by Gordon Brown in the wake of the expenses scandal, revealed senior civil servants now earn a total of more than £29m a year.
Now David Cameron says he is going to roll out the scheme further by naming every official earning more than £58,000.
Other public sector staff – some of whom earn far more than the civil servants named yesterday – will also be incorporated into the scheme.
George Osborne said no central government staffer should be paid more than Cameron’s Prime Ministerial salary of £142,55 without special permission.