Trusts that pay highest wages publicly named

Trusts that pay highest wages publicly named

More than one hundred academy trusts pay at least one of their senior staff in excess of £150,000 a year, it has been revealed.

The Department for Education recently published a full list naming a total of 125 academies across the country that paid the highest salaries in 2016-17 – equivalent to 4 per cent of the sector.

The list has been made public, following the collection of data by the Consolidated Annual Report and Accounts, which collates financial information from more than 7,000 academies in England.

In the previous year, 121 trusts paid at least one salary of £150,000, representing 4.1 per cent of the sector.

The number of trusts paying at least one person more than £100,000 has also risen, from 873 in 2015-16 to 941 in 2016-17.

The move to publicly name the trusts, follows warnings from the Education and Skills Funding Agency earlier this year, that multi academy trusts would be expected to justify why they were setting wages at levels of between £100,000 and £150,000 for multiple employees.

A separate letter was sent to single academy trusts, with staff on more than £150,000-a-year, asking them to explain salary levels.

A Freedom of Information request by Schools Week had revealed that, in the previous year, most of the 92 academy trusts with multiple staff on £100,000 to £150,000 were classified as small with 11 of these having just one school.

The Academies Minister Lord Agnew, a former trust director himself, has also written to chairs of academy trust boards, calling on them to take their financial responsibilities seriously by not ‘over-rewarding’ staff.

“I would not expect the pay of a CEO or other non-teaching staff to increase faster than the pay award for teachers,” he said.

Labour’s Shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, commented: “Despite the increasing financial strain and real-terms cuts to the pay of teachers and support staff, the government has allowed pay for top academy bosses to creep ever higher, with nearly a thousand academy chief executives now receiving a six-figure sum.”

Trusts that pay highest wages publicly named

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Trusts that pay highest wages publicly named
Trusts that pay highest wages publicly named

Trusts that pay highest wages publicly named