Prime Minister David Cameron released the names of 172 of Britain’s most senior civil servants who earn more than he does, as he continues efforts to squeeze spending and appease voters over high public-sector pay levels.
David Nicholson, chief executive of the National Health Service, who earned as much as 255,000 pounds ($369,400) a year and Stephen Laws, first parliamentary counsel in the Cabinet Office, who earned at least 225,000 pounds, were among those whose name, job title, grade and salary were published for the first time today. Cameron’s salary is 142,500 pounds a year.
“We are pulling back the curtains to let light into the corridors of power,” Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said in an e-mailed statement. “We are determined to set an example for the wider public sector.”
With a record budget shortfall of more than 11 percent of gross domestic product, Cameron has warned that Britain may suffer the same fate as Greece unless the government takes action. This month’s emergency budget will set out a “credible plan” to cut the bulk of the deficit over the next five years, he said last week.
Others on the list include Gus O’Donnell, the head of the civil service, who earned at least 235,000 pounds, Chief Medical Officer Liam Donaldson, who earned 205,000 pounds, and Jeremy Beeton, director general of the Olympic Executive, who earned at least 225,000 pounds.