Whitehall HR directors earn more than prime minister

Senior Whitehall HR directors are among the civil servants who earn more than the prime minister, government figures revealed today.

The name, job title, grade and salary and perks level of 172 civil servants earning more than £150,000 were disclosed as part of a new transparency drive by the government.

The data unearthed eight HR officials who earn considerably more than David Cameron, who is paid £142,500 a year.

Kevin White, Home Office director general of HR, leads the pack with a salary ranging between £190,000 and £194,000.

He is followed by Chris Last, HR director general of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), who takes home between £180,000 and £184,000 annually.

Mike Falvey, chief people officer at HM Revenue and Customs, is on between £175,000 and £179,999 – the same salary as the DWP’s former project director of welfare and wellbeing, Mel Groves, who left the department at the end of April.

Stephen Holt, the DWP’s director of change management, receives in the region of £160,000 and £164,999 – the same range as Melanie Hunt, director of development, learning and skills for education watchdog Ofsted.

Bill Gunnyeon, the DWP’s director of health and wellbeing, earns around £155,000 and £159,999, while Neil Hayward, the Ministry of Justice’s group HR director, receives between £150,000 and £154,999 per year.

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