Phil Pavitt, chief information officer at HM Revenue and Customers (HMRC), was paid £184,999 last year according to new salary details about civil servants working in central government.
The government has published the data as part of its “ongoing drive to make the government more accountable”, and also provides information about other IT staff working under the CIO.
Pavitt, who took up the permanent role in September 2009, earned 14 percent (£22,199) more than the previous interim CIO Deepak Singh, who was paid £162,800 in 2008 to 2009 when he had a permanent role.
Singh’s pay has been surrounded in controversy as it was revealed in a committee meeting recently that HMRC awarded him a pay packet nearly triple his previous salary in order to retain his services as a major IT implementation took place.
As acting CIO, Deepak Singh played a key role in HMRC’s controversial IT refresh, which includes the delayed implementation of a new National Insurance and Pay As You Earn Service (NPS) IT system.
But before Pavitt took up his role, there was a three-month gap that HMRC needed to fill, as Singh’s initial fixed-term contract had come to an end. During this period, between June and September 2009, HMRC paid Singh £149,500 as a contract through his Orwell Consulting business.
The new government data also gave details of other information directors, Mark Holden and Mark Hall, working with Pavitt at HMRC. Their pay was revealed to be £149,999 and £129,999 respectively.
Nonetheless, Pavitt is still not paid as much as Joe Harley, IT director general and CIO of the Department for Work and Pensions, who is the highest-paid IT director in government.
Harley earned £262,500 in 2009 to 2010, nearly double the salary of the prime minister (£142,500). Included in Harley’s salary was at least £12,500 in performance-related pay.
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