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Peak of 'high-earning' civil servants in 2018

Peak of 'high-earning' civil servants in 2018

Wednesday 05 June 2019

Peak of 'high-earning' civil servants in 2018


37 more States employees earned more than £80,000 in 2018, and the four highest public servants earning took away over £1million between them.

In total the States spent £231.8million on pay in the year, an increase of 1.5% on 2017.

Where in 2017 one employee earnt a total of over £250,000, in 2018 four did. 

In its accounts for 2018, the States said the increase of employees earning over £80,000 was 'largely in the lower bandings' and was due to "the effect of pay awards meaning that a certain grade which was below the threshold in 2017 now has total costs of employment which are above £80,000 in 2018. Future pay awards will lead to additional salary scales falling within the criteria each year.

"The increase from one to four individuals in the £250,000 and above category was due to a back-dated pay award and a one-off payment."

This year, the States said it decided to release these figures in an effort to be as transparent as possible. It is not usually compelled to do so. 

Salary details for the highest earners included the Chief Executive, Paul Whitfield's - he was paid a gross amount of £155,562. The States Treasurer received £142,164, the COO £132,558, the Chief Information Officer £129,908 and the Chief Strategy & Policy Officer £125,432.

Overall, there are 4,589 full time States staff, which is also up on 2017 by around 50 people. 

Pictured top: Sir Charles Frossard House, the civil service HQ. 

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Posted by Janine Clarke on
Re-article on civil servant pay- how does this compare to Private Sector pay and average wages in Guernsey? Am I correct in thinking that the pay rates quoted are before tax?
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