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Northern Ireland quango top earners pick up £250m

Over £250m a year is paid to high earners in government-funded quangos and agencies in Northern Ireland, it has been revealed.

The data showed that 3,430 people in public bodies earn £50,000 to £100,000 each year and 967 are paid more than £100,000 per year.

DUP Assembly member Jonathan Craig, who received the figures after tabling a question at Stormont, said 920 people in the NHS were in the over £100,000 bracket.

”People will be shocked to know that a quarter of a billion pounds in wages are paid every year to staff in agencies and arm's length bodies earning over £50,000,” he said.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said 99% of the Health and Social Care employees receiving over £100,000 are “senior doctors who are employed on national rates of pay that are used throughout the NHS”.

She added: “The simple truth is over £100,000 is the rate for the job for highly skilled senior specialist clinicians.

“Some 2,500 (3.7%) of the HSC workforce are paid between £50K and £100K and more than 2,000 of these are staff in medicine, nursing, social work and scientific grades essential to a modern high quality service.”

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