More public employees move into six-figure salary league

A TOTAL of 198 public employees received annual packages worth more than £100,000 in 2012 – a rise of 33 on the year before.

The Bailiff, Sir Michael Birt, was the top earner last year
The Bailiff, Sir Michael Birt, was the top earner last year

A TOTAL of 198 public employees received annual packages worth more than £100,000 in 2012 – a rise of 33 on the year before.

They include head teachers, police officers, civil servants, medical staff, legal staff and chief officers of States departments.

The Bailiff and Deputy Bailiff were the public sector’s top earners last year, receiving total packages worth almost £600,000 between them, newly published figures show.

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Comments for: "More public employees move into six-figure salary league"


Wow...i need to get out of the private sector and get myself a public sector job!


You don't reckon people in the private sector earn six figure salaries then??



Please tell me, in this time of austerity, cutbacks, pay freezes, why have public sector employees been given rises?

If the public purse was a bank, it would be Lehmans.


I'm not trying to justify the 6 figure salaries, I'm merely making the point that the private sector pays them too.

Your example of Lehmans is ironic really - a badly run private sector organisation that paid its top earners 6 (and probably more in some cases) figure salaries.

The grass is always greener eh!


You would expect the opposite considering all the cuts done by the States and the number of unemployed.


Ah, but therein lies the answer Kermit...exactly how many of the so called 'savings' included job cuts? Perverse isn't it, we're in a recession, the States reckon they're making all these cuts yet they still carry on approving growth and salaries of the top earners continue to grow. Something just doesn't add up.


You are not quite right, JT, when you say: "Something just doesn’t add up."

The truth is, absolutely 'NOTHING' adds up!


These austerity measures imposed by Senator Ozouf obviously do not apply to these Public servants!!!!

Craic Delia

The nearest thing the island has to royalty.. so they clearly must be worth every penny of tax payers money..


The Bailiff's job was not even advertised- the revelation of the size of the salary begs one to wonder how many advocates would have applied had the vacancy been dealt with in a proper fashion.


I'm not sure you would find that many looking to do the job.... when it comes to the Island's top judges, they fully deserve the salaries. There are number of reasons:-

1) They are extremely capable people, delivering complicated judgments respected worldwide in certain areas of law.

2) The amount of time and effort involved is astonishing. Not only must they read case papers and sit in Court, but also they are constantly writing judgments, sitting in the States, or attending public engagements. The hours must be insane.

3) They would earn far more as equity partners in the big law firms, which all of them were or could be easily.

Now, as for the other 195 States employees on over £100k - who knows!?


Yes, I have heard all of this before. I agree with the first two points which you make but, having been in legal practice myself in the distant past, I also find that what you say applies to many lawyers, most of whom are on nowhere near 300 grand per annum.

As for your third point, this is another rather hackneyed "old chestnut". The days of which you speak are long gone and I am not sure that a person who is appointed as a judge would necessarily have made the grade in the way which you describe.

That said, family connections have propelled many to senior positions in law and to a lesser extent, elsewhere so you may ultimately be correct, although I would naturally question whether such a thing would be merit based, as would any reasonable person.

Whatever the situation, we both know that the bailiff's job was not advertised. You might indeed not be sure who would wish to apply. The point, of course, is that no-one can apply, due to the closed nature of the recruitment process.

It must therefore remain a matter of conjecture as to who would wish to apply for a top position which carries a knighthood, an enormous salary and a corresponding pension.

The comments which the present incumbent made before the Carswell commission are somewhat telling. It would appear from these observations that we can look forward to a repetition of the abuse when the present deputy expects to ease himself into the position and the automatic knighthood.

No doubt the transition will be a seamless one which will, once again, exclude any other prospective applicants, no matter how well qualified they might be.

TIm South

Completely agree Pete, eloquently put.

Two points, a private based lawyer must gain clients in a competitive commercial environment to earn a wage packet or not succeed. The Bailiff does not compete, so it is ridiculous to say he could earn more when he has not earned personally more in the private sector and then come into the roll of Bailiff.

It is bad economics to pay a person like the Bailiff to sit in the States when the AG is on hand to answer legal questions. A professionally respected chairman would be a lot cheaper and just as effective, or could be replaced if found to be ineffective or biased.



Thank you Tim. A postscript to your message would state that some private based lawyers succeed in accordance with a patronage that is granted by the crown officers.

The Attorney has the ability to appoint what are rather grandlt called "Crown Advocates", this with the consent of the Bailiff. Those advocates who are in favour and who are granted this patronage may then look forward to various prosecution and other state based work coming through their door. It can be a very lucrative staple to practices small and large alike.

Thus we see a position whereby private lawyers can succeed, even where they do not have a particularly large or lucrative client base- it all depends upon whether the Attorney and the Bailiff feel inclined to bestow this passport to earnings upon their favoured colleagues.

In many ways, what we have in place today is something which resembles a King's court and the favours which were granted to the King's friends. We tend to look back upon the middle ages as being unspophisticated and corrupt, yet we find ourselves having made only minimal progress since those times.

In turn, no doubt, our successors will look back at today and shake their heads in amused contempt.

Old school tie

They might or might not be the best people for the job, Anon. we will never know, because the awarding of these prime positions is a "done deal" with no chance of any other applicants.

If they were that good, they would surely welcome a competitive and transparent recruitment- it's worrying to think that they hand out justice when the means by which they obtained office is so questionable.

Crown "Full House"

I think that the system is calculated to ensure that we never do know who is the best candidate- by definition, the system only allows for one lucky candidate!

the wanted

'respected worldwide'? please now, stop exaggerating.


must be some asymmetry if the bosses are making £100kplus and the ones that do the work are threatening to strike.


Are any of the above Salaries tax free ? And if so WHY ?


All the professions identified in the article pay tax in exactly the same way that the majority of us do

God's Mentor

Salaries sound about right.

Bandiera Rossa

According to the aricle the TM put this down to " a rise in the number of hospital managers and consultants as part of plans to improve the Island`s health system."

What - all 33 additional recipients ? In similar vein page 25 of the JEP (24th) tells us that the average cost to us of each employee at the JSFC rose by £6,000 to £78,752,which is a 7.61% increase.

WHY ? (Please don`t tell me we need to pay these salaries to attract the "best")

Clearly we are not all in this together. Austerity is only applied to you and me.

I hereby resign from society.

Adios Companeros


Plus we also have to pay for some of them, their jollies, lunches and dinners.


There is probably the free parking thrown in it as well ... It s not like they can't afford it...

I can't even imagine the pension they will be getting. Probably a nice golden handshake a few month before retirement.

Parktown Prawn

"Probably a nice golden handshake a few month before retirement."......or when they resign!

the wanted

Does the 198 include the consultants and contractors (many of them from the UK) that are paid well into 6 figures for telling us what we already know?

This whole story has been spun on an amateur night scale.

I would ask a politician to table a question asking what the total figure actually is. I reckon you can double the original 198!!