The government has published a list of the highest paid civil servants – several of whom are drawn from the top flight of public sector IT.

The list, posted by the Cabinet Office today, features the names, job titles, grades and salary levels of all Whitehall staff paid more than £150,000.

The highest paid CIO on the list is Joe Harley, IT director of the Department for Work and Pensions, who is listed as having an annual salary in the £245,000 to £249,999 band.

Harley is the third highest paid civil servant on the list, behind the Office of Fair Trading chief exec John Fingleton – with a salary between £275,000 and £279,999 – and head of the NHS David Nicholson, whose salary is in the £255,000 to £259,999 band.

CIO wages in the public sector

Several IT chiefs are listed among the UK’s best-paid civil servants
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Other IT chiefs to feature in the list of more than 170 civil servants are the UK government CIO, John Suffolk, who’s paid between £205,000 and £209,999, and Christine Connelly, CIO of the Department for Health, on between £200,000 and £204,999.

The full list of the public sector’s best paid IT chiefs

  • Joe Harley, IT director general and CIO of the Department for Work and Pensions: £245,000 – £249,999
  • John Suffolk, CIO of UK government and chair of the CIO Council: £205,000 – £209,999
  • Christine Connelly, CIO of the Department of Health: £200,000 – £204,999
  • Andy Nelson, CIO of the Ministry of Justice: £190,000 – £194,999
  • Phil Pavitt, CIO of HM Revenue & Customs: £180,000 – £184,999
  • Martin Bellamy, ICT director, Department of Health: £160,000 – £164,999
  • Nick Ramsay, director ICT portfolio and programmes director of the Ministry of Justice: £160,000 – £164,999