Average salary for Olympic staff soars to £67,000

Grant Prior 12 years ago
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Average annual pay for staff at the Olympic Delivery Authority was nearly £67,000 last year according to figures released by the body overseeing construction of the 2012 Games.

The ODA’s 228 permanent staff also enjoyed an average bonus of £13,700 on top of their wages.

The figures show that 228 staff pulled in salaries of £15.25m plus “performance related pay” of £3.14m for the year 2009/10.

The average pay figures do not include wages paid to board members including chief executive David Higgins who earns £438,000 and construction director Howard Shiplee who received £377,000.

The report also shows that construction delivery partner CLM was paid £140m by the ODA during the 12 months which included a performance bonus of £47m.

One contractor told the Enquirer: “These figures are way above what people are earning in the normal construction market.

“It’s like the Olympics is operating in its own little world.”

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