There are 234 Whitehall officials earning more than the Prime Minister’s £142,500-a-year salary, figures released by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude have shown.
The new data, released as part of a transparency drive, also shows that there are over 800 “mandarins and quangocrats” who earn over £100,000 each.
Green Investment Bank’s Ian Nolan, who is on a £330,000-a-year salary, is the highest-paid public sector official.
Francis Maude, the Cabinet Secretary, told The Telegraph: “Britain is now leading the world on transparency. We have released more data than ever before and the whole point is to allow armchair-auditors to hold our feet to the fire.
“This government is slashing costs to help the country live within its means. We have shrunk the civil service by 15% since the 2010 general election and it’s now at its smallest since World War Two.
“There are a fifth fewer people earning over £150,000 and over 250 fewer quangos than there were under Labour. It’s these sort of tough decisions which helped us save hard-working taxpayers £10bn last year, but there’s so much more that we need to do.”
Top 10 highest paid public officials
Ian Nolan – Green Investment Bank – £330,000
Shaun Kingsbury – Green Investment Bank – £325,000
Dennis Hone – Olympic Delivery Authority – £310,000
Anthony Marsh – Green Investment Bank – £275,000
Rob Cormie – Green Investment Bank – £275,000
Peter Knott – Green Investment Bank – £275,000
John Clarke – Nuclear Decommissioning Authority – £275,000
Andrew Haines – Civil Aviation Authority – £260,000
Iain Gray – Technology Strategy Board – £250,000
Alan Langlands – Higher Education Funding Council – £230,000