A survey of salaries found that 56% of chief officers and chief finance officers are paid above the the £120,000 to £130,000 level recommended by NHS England.
The survey by pay research firm E-reward found 43% of chief officers in CCGs with the largest populations (over 500,000 people) were paid salaries above the recommended rate. Average pay for CCG chief officers, however, was below the recommended rate.
GP income declining
The findings are in stark contrast to official GP income data published last September, which reveal that GP partners' income fell around 25% in real terms over seven years from 2005/6.
E-reward’s head of executive remuneration research Steve Glenn said: ‘Whether the initial high-end positioning of salaries suggests that CCGs foresee recruitment and retention battles ahead remains to be seen, but early indications are that there is already quite a bit of activity in the labour market for CCG executives even though it is only a couple of years since their establishment.’
The report analysed data from over 2,500 individuals working in 208 CCGs, which showed the majority decided to pay their two most senior directors more than guidance levels.