As at 30 June 2019, 11.5% of the Public Service workforce were management staff, comprising 28 chief executives (excluding six vacancies), 222 tier-2, 931 tier-3 and 5,037 other managers. The remaining 88.5% (48,086) were non-management staff.

In 2019, the average base salary[1] for the Public Service workforce as a group increased by 4.4%. The increase for non-management staff was 4.5% compared with 3.2% for management staff. The salary movement varied at different management levels as shown in the table below.

Some caution is required on the interpretation of annual average salary movement for the tier-1 chief executive group. The average base salary in 2019 is noticeably higher than in previous years, with a 7.6% increase. This is due to a change introduced to chief executive remuneration packages, with an adjustment rolled into base salary to account for the removal of performance or at-risks payments (which are outside of base salary). The chart below shows estimated average size of these at-risk payments that sit above the base salaries for the preceding years.

Average salaries for chief executives also tend to be volatile over time because of the small number in the group and the effect of compositional changes due to arrivals and departures each year. SSC’s Senior Pay report has more detailed information on chief executive remuneration.

[1] Base salary is used because total remuneration is not collected in the HRC survey.

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