Personnel Today readers have expressed their shock at the £500,000 salary package on offer to the new director-general of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Last week, Personnel Today revealed the big bucks on offer to Geoff Armstrong’s replacement when he retires in June 2008. A record number of respondents voted on our online news barometer, overwhelmingly saying the role does not justify such a huge salary.
One angry e-mailer said: “I am seriously considering withdrawing my 15-year membership of the CIPD. The average salary of most HR staff is about £30,000. How is it justifiable to pay the director-general this amount of money? The CIPD is not a public company or a business with shareholders.”
Another said: “I am disappointed the salary does not reflect the marketplace for this type of role. The pension contributions quoted are excessive, to say the least.”
One senior HR director, a CIPD chartered fellow, said the salary package was “hard to justify”.