Top Incomes in Public Sector Capped from 2015
THE HAGUE, 11/07/13 - The incomes of executives paid with taxpayers money will be subject to a ceiling equal to a ministerial salary from 2015, Home Affairs Minister Ronald Plasterk said Wednesday in a letter to parliament.
Currently, managers in the public and semi-public sector are allowed to earn a maximum of 130 percent of the salary of a minister. In the autumn, consultations will take place with employers, municipalities and provinces. After this, the bill will go to the Lower House. The act is intended to come into effect from 1 January 2015.
Later, another bill will follow to ensure that the new income rules apply not only to the top executives, but also to all staff in the public and semi-public sector, including doctors. This is intended to come into effect on 1 January 2017.
The annual salary of a minister amounts to 144,000 euros including holiday money and a year-end payout, according to information from central government. In addition, ministers receive a fixed expenses allowance and have access to a number of other perks and provisions. The salary of a state secretary is 135,000 euros a year including vacation money and year-end payout.