The salary will reportedly surpass the £270,000 paid to director general of IT for the NHS Richard Granger.
An advertisement in the Sunday Times last weekend launched the hunt for a 'world-class leader' to manage an annual budget of more than £90 billion by 2008.
The specification calls for 'knowledge and experience of the delivery of healthcare' and 'proven credibility at the highest level' but does not require NHS experience. It also confirms that the role occupied by former chief executive Sir Nigel Crisp has been split in two.
Sir Nigel quit as NHS chief executive and DoH permanent secretary in March. The current recruitment process covers only the chief executive.
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