Press release

Quango high earners revealed by the Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Office has published details of everyone working for a non-departmental public body and earning more than £150,000 a year.

In a further drive to make government as transparent as possible, the Cabinet Office has published details of everyone working in non departmental public bodies, also known as quangos, who earns more than £150,000 (available in CSV and XLS format). It is the first time this information has been published in one place and some of it has never been made public before.

The name, job title, grade, employer and annual pay rate of everyone who falls into this category has been added to the list detailing the highest earning senior civil servants, which was published by the Cabinet Office at the beginning of June.  This new comprehensive list brings the total number of senior civil servants in central government departments and senior staff in non departmental public bodies who earn more than £150,000 to 332. Details were withheld for 24 individuals. 

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, who also chairs the new Public Sector Transparency Board, said:

Yet again we have shown we are absolutely committed to acting quickly on pledges in our Coalition Agreement to release information that will allow everyone to hold their politicians and public bodies to account.

Today’s release, along with previous publications listing high earning civil servants and salaries of special advisers, shows that transparency is fast becoming an integral part of everything we do. I believe this will not only increase accountability, but will lead to more efficient public service organisations.

As part of the transparency agenda the government has already published a list of the names of special advisers who earn more than £58,200. In addition, through the Public Bodies (Reform) Bill, the government will reduce the number of quangos, as well as provide Ministers with powers to abolish, merge or transfer their functions. The functions of public bodies will be reviewed every three years. 

The Cabinet Office is now leading the work to publish later this year the names, grades, job titles and annual pay rates for most Senior Civil Servants and Non Departmental Public Body officials with salaries higher than £58,200, as well as departmental organograms.

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Notes to editors

  1. The list of senior civil servants in central government departments and senior staff in Non Departmental Public Bodies who earn more than £150,000 each year has now been published (available in both CSV and XLS format).
  2. On 31 May the Cabinet Office published a list of 172 central government civil servants who earn more than £150,000. The list today consists of 332 public servants who work for government departments and Non Departmental Public Bodies. Many, but not all, are civil servants.  
  3. See the list of special advisers who earn more than £58,200 each year.
  4. See the Cabinet Office structure charts, which were published on 10 June.
  5. The list published today does not include those public bodies, including the BBC, Royal Mail and the Financial Services Authority, which do not receive funding from central Government.
  6. For Cabinet Office press office contact details, visit the press office page.

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