David Cameron informs us that public spending needs to be drastically curbed so what will be his reaction to the latest BBC Panorama and Bureau of Investigative Journalism research that shows that over 9,000 civil servants are earning more than the £142,500 that he himself earns.
Out of the 38,000 public sector employees who earn more than £100,000 per year, 1,000 of them earn in excess of £200,000. These figures are far above previous estimates and must surely give cause for concern. Over the past 10 years, pay for the top 5% of public sector earners has increased by 51%.
Some people have been quick to criticise but Tony Thornell, the head of public sector at Right Management, says these high salaries are necessary if the public sector wants to recruit and retain key talent.
He points out that as these professionals will more than likely come from the private sector, they need to be compensated in a manner that mirrors the way that sector operates. Other people may argue that the delivery of top quality public services should command high wages, especially at a time when the job will require implementation of deep cuts.
However, Iain Overton, editor at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, said the database - collated between February and September asked a very pertinent question.
"There is a challenge ahead for government - how can you justify the top salaries of the people running the system while making swingeing cuts that are most likely to affect the lowest paid in the public sector?"
We’d love to hear your answers...