Public Sector Rich List - Quangos

Public Sector Rich List - Quangos

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Shortly after coming to office in 2010, the Coalition Government announced what was widely reported in the media as a “bonfire of the quangos”.

192 quangos (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations) were to be abolished with a further 118 merged. But despite some welcome consolidation, hundreds remain and play a major part in the governance of the UK.

Categorisation of public bodies is problematic when they have such a wide range of duties, so this note also looks at the Bank of England and a number of public corporations which can reasonably be labelled as quangos.

This research looks at how much these top “quangocrats” have been paid.

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The key findings of his research are:

  • There were at least 4,337 quango employees who received total remuneration in excess of £100,000.
  • There were 973 quango employees who received remuneration in excess of £150,000.
  • 106 quango employees received remuneration in excess of £250,000.
  • 763 Transport for London employees received remuneration in excess of £100,000.
  • There were 9 quangos with at least 100 employees who received remuneration in excess of £100,000.
  • The three highest paid quango employees were all employed by Network Rail and received £300,000 “one-off retention payments.” They were:
    • Patrick Butcher, Group Finance Director - £767,000
    • Robin Gisby, Managing Director, Network Operations - £742,000
    • Simon Kirby, Managing Director – Infrastructure Projects Group - £741,000
  • Of the 100 highest paid quango employees, 21 were employed by the BBC, 21 by TfL, 16 by the Bank of England, 5 by Network Rail and 5 by the Green Investment Bank.