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UK – Temporary earns more than Prime Minister

11 January 2013

A temporary council worker is earning more than his own chief executive and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, it has emerged on Thursday. Mike Boyle is paid £779 a day, working as the interim head at Southend Council in Essex.

He has been in his position since 2010 and, based on his daily rate, received asalary of around £187,000 in 48 weeks working at the council during 2011/12. This tops the earnings of David Cameron who is on an annual salary of £145,000 and Mr Boyle’s council chief executive, Rob Tinlin, who takes home £148,881.

The Council said that Mr Boyle, who had already worked at the council back in 2007, has been in his job because it could not find a permanent head of adult commissioning. Mr Tinlin said: “When the post became vacant in 2010, we were unable to recruit to this position so Mike returned to fill the post in the interim, from June 2010.

“Over the period Mike has been acting for the council, this and other posts have been filled on temporary arrangements to facilitate service reviews and a review of the senior management structure.”

Staffing firm Capita is paid a fee based on Mr Boyle’s salary which prompted a comment from Martin Terry, leader of the Independent party, who said: “When you set that against the backdrop of these huge salaries it makes me angry. The council should be looking at training some of their existing staff rather than bringing in staff at a ridiculous cost to the taxpayer.”

The council said it had reduced the number of temporary workers. Mr Boyle did not comment. 

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