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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

"Spending Watchdog To Busy Eating Pedigree Chum To Notice"

The pay packets of senior civil servants have been published for the first time - revealing that 41 managers are paid more than £150,000 a year.

The figures have been revealed in a review by the States spending watchdog.

And the watchdog have concluded that the States needs to change the way it recruits and pays senior civil servants.

It says that while the States generally adhere to guidelines not to overpay top managers, they did break these rules when they appointed interim hospital director last year. Andrew McLaughlin was earning a substantial £285,000 a year.

Here are some of the States' top earners:

States Chief Executive, Bill Ogley is on £220,000 a year.

The Head of Health, Julie Garbutt is paid £175,000.

For the Deputy Chief Executive of the States, John Richardson, he is on £150,000.

Education boss, Mario Lundy, takes home an annual salary of £135,000.

And the Head of Planning, Andy Scate earns £125,000.

That is not to mention pensions and other benefits.

Health boss, Andrew McLaughlin's salary has already been revealed, and received a heated reaction from taxpayers angry at such a high pay packet, particularly in such tough economic times. He was appointed on a substantial £285,000 per year - more than all of the top civil servants above.

He was hired in May on a six month contract and was being paid £4,600 a week - though the total cost to taxpayers, including agency fees, was actually more than £5,500 per week - making up his £285,000 a year pay.

The Senator who commissioned the report says this happened because individual departments are negotiating their own appointments, when they should be going through the central Human Resources system.

Senator Ben Shenton, from the Public Accounts Committee, said: "Well obviously it's wrong, and things have to change and there's numerous things within the States that need to change and they need to change as a matter of urgency, and perhaps as politicians if we could stop debating ourselves all the time and actually get down to the nitty gritty and sort things out the island would be a better place."

Chief Minister Terry Le Sueur said: "Procedures need to be tightened up and people need to be aware of those procedures and I'm confident that with the publication of this report matters will improve in that respect, but it is I repeat a very isolated incident."

The Health Department have now employed Mr McLaughlin on a lower, but still impressive, £216,000, for a two year contract.

His appointment was made in response to a critical report on how the hospital was run.
Independent consultants say improvements have been made since he was recruited - so the Health Minister insists it is money well spent.


  1. Well anyone who goes on about the beans being tight better think again as it looks to me like we are extremely generous!!!

  2. haha, that's got to be comment of the day :)