Health service HR directors average pay tops £80,000 for first time

HR directors working for the NHS now earn an average of £80,151, a rise of 3.3% on last year’s figures.

However, the latest NHS Salary Survey, published by Capita Health Service Partners, showed that pay for HR directors still lags behind that of nursing and financial directors.

The average annual salary of NHS chief executives now stands at £133,435, a 5.4% increase on 2006-07.

The average annual revenue of the 74 trusts in the survey is slightly more than £200m. The survey finds that there continues to be a strong relationship between the size of a trust and the salaries paid to its chief executive and directors.

Very few chief executives and board directors in the survey receive separate performance payments, but nearly 60% of NHS trusts have a car lease or contract-hire scheme for executives and directors who are regular car users.

Last week, nurses and other NHS workers were offered a three-year pay deal, bringing the starting salary for nurse to more than £20,000 for the first time.

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