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£178,000 NI Civil Service job up for grabs

By Rebeca Black

Published 05/10/2016

Departure: Sir Malcolm McKibbin
Departure: Sir Malcolm McKibbin

One of the highest paid public sector jobs in Northern Ireland is up for grabs.

The appointment has been advertised for head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service - a position that comes with a salary of up to £178,709.

Based at Stormont Castle, the job description includes "a wide range of high level skills and experience, working in a unique political environment, leading and driving forward major reform in the Northern Ireland Civil Service".

The outgoing holder of the post, Sir Malcolm McKibbin, announced last month that he planned to step down at the end of January. He has held the post since 2011.

During his time in the role, Sir Malcolm oversaw the reduction in the number of Stormont departments from 12 to nine, reduced the size of the Civil Service by 17% through the voluntary exit scheme and grew the online offering from the public services.

Sir Malcolm said as he announced his departure that the job had been "an honour and a privilege".

"The role of the Northern Ireland Civil Service is to support ministers, develop their policies, implement the Executive's programme for government and deliver the best possible public services," he added.

"Against a challenging backdrop of increasing demand and finite resources, it has been an honour and a privilege to successfully lead the Civil Service through its most radical reform programme in over 40 years, so that today it is well placed to meet the challenges of the future."

Some of the other highest-paid public posts in Northern Ireland include the vice chancellor of Ulster University (£250,000), vice chancellor of Queen's University (£249,000), chief executive of Translink (£156,000) and chief executive of NI Water (£130,000).

Prime Minister Theresa May receives a comparatively paltry salary of £142,500.

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