“High earners” data shows no 2016 pay rises for Manzoni or Heywood

Neither civil service chief exec nor cabinet secretary saw hikes this year, while outgoing HS2 chief Simon Kirby tops earnings list


By Jim Dunton

23 Dec 2016

John Manzoni and Sir Jeremy Heywood did not get a pay rise in 2016, in common with the bulk of senior civil service staff, newly-published transparency data on Whitehall’s “high earners” reveals.

The snapshot of officials in departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies with earnings of £150,000 a year and above, shows neither Heywood nor Manzoni saw an increase in their pay ceiling in the year to September 30.

Heywood, who is cabinet secretary and civil service head, was described as having a pay floor of £195,000 and a pay ceiling of £199,999, unchanged from last year - although he did receive an increase that was reflected in the 2015's figures.

Civil service chief executive and Cabinet Office perm sec Manzoni’s pay floor was £230,000-£234,999, also unchanged from last year. 


Cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood on an "extraordinary" year and making a success of Brexit in 2017

Civil service CEO John Manzoni on 2017, Brexit priorities, and building a "brilliant" organisation

HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby quits for the private sector


The list’s highest earner was outgoing High Speed Two chief executive Simon Kirby, whose pay band was given as £750,00-£754,999, unchanged from 2015. 

Kirby announced in September that he was stepping down from his role to become chief operating officer of Rolls-Royce and was due to continue in post until the end of this year. Roy Hill was announced as Kirby’s interim replacement in October.

The latest transparency data also provides insight on the earnings of the permanent secretaries of Whitehall’s newest departments, none of which existed in September 2015.

Oliver Robbins, who was appointed permanent secretary at the Department for Exiting the European Union in July, has a salary range of £160,000-£164,999.

Martin Donnelly, now permanent secretary at the Department for International Trade, has a salary range of £165,000-£169,999.

Finally, Alex Chisholm, permanent secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - formed in the opening days of Theresa May’s premiership - has a stated salary range of £180,000-£184,999.

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