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NHS managers' pay shoots up despite credit crunch

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High turnover in NHS boardrooms has led to a 9.5% leap in chief executives’ salaries, in spite of the credit crunch, according to pay experts.

A salary survey by Capita, to be published on 30 January, shows the average chief executive’s salary was £146,100 during the period from October to December last year, compared with £133,435 in the same period in 2007.

Capita head of pay and labour market services David Evans said: ‘There appears to have been significant turnover of NHS trust board post holders and this may have fuelled pay levels.’

He attributed the turnover to the number of aspirant foundation trusts attempting to strengthen their executive teams. The survey was based on around 660 posts across 66 trusts, at which the average annual revenue was £220m.

It shows that 41% of chief executives and board directors surveyed received pay increases related to their performance. This averaged £16,579 for chief executives and £8,782 for directors, although fewer than one in five received the money as a separate payment.

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