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Filthy rich bosses grab 10 percent pay rises

Issue No. 2516

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Britain’s richest corporate bosses got pay rises of 10 percent on average last year.

The ten highest-paid bosses grabbed £200 million between them, according to the High Pay Centre.

Their average annual salary is now £5.5 million—compared to £5 million in 2014.

According to the data chief executives were paid 140 times workers’ average wages in 2015, a small decline on the previous year when they were paid 148 times.

The jump in average pay last year was driven by especially large increases for a small number of chief executives. The median pay package rose more modestly to £3.97 million, a £100,000 increase on 2014.

Sir Martin Sorrell, the founder of advertising agency WPP, was paid £70 million by the advertising group last year compared to £43 million in 2014. BP chief executive Bob Dudley’s pay increased by a fifth to £13.3 million.

For the average worker, wages rose by 2 percent in 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Top ten fat cats

  1. Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP, £70.416 million
  2. Tony Pidgley, Berkeley Group, £23.296 million
  3. Rakesh Kapoor, Reckitt Benckiser, £23.190 million
  4. Jeremy Darroch, Sky, £16.889 million
  5. Flemming Ørnskov, Shire, £14.638 million
  6. Bob Dudley, BP, £13.296 million
  7. Erik Engstrom, Relx, £10.869 million
  8. Mike Wells, Prudential Financial, £10.031 million
  9. Michael Dobson/Peter Harrison, Schroders, £8.905 million
  10. Antonio Horta Osorio, Lloyds Group, £8.773 million

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