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high earner HSE chief Paul Reid's pay over €420,000 as staff earning €100,000 rises by a quarter

Mr Reid has been leading the HSE fight against Covid-19 and in his role as the CEO of the largest employer in the State, he heads up an organisation employing more than 100,000 people.

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HSE Director General Paul Reid (Niall Carson/PA)

HSE Director General Paul Reid (Niall Carson/PA)

HSE Director General Paul Reid (Niall Carson/PA)

HSE boss Paul Reid’s pay package last year increased to €420,103.

Mr Reid has been leading the HSE fight against Covid-19 and in his role as the CEO of the largest employer in the State, he heads up an organisation employing more than 100,000 people.

Figures released following a Freedom of Information request show Mr Reid was the best paid non-medical member of HSE staff last year.

They show Mr Reid’s pay was made up of basic pay of €370,136 and allowances of €49,966.

A spokeswoman for the HSE said Mr Reid “is not a member of the HSE pension scheme and €49,966 is a payment in lieu of pension contribution”.

“The rates of pay, allowances and other pay-related conditions for HSE employees are approved by the Department of Health,” she said.

His increase last year came against the background of the numbers of HSE non-medical staff earning more than €100,000 increasing by 27pc or 144 from 534 in 2019 to 678 last year due to public sector pay rises.

The second highest paid non-medical staff member in management/administration received €188,829.

Mr Reid and the top 10 best paid non-medical staff in the HSE – mainly managers – last year shared an aggregate €2m in pay. Mr Reid’s appointment was given the go-ahead by Cabinet in April 2019 on a salary of €350,000.

He began his five-year contract on May 14, 2019 and was the HSE’s best paid non-medical member of staff when he earned €229,194, made up of basic pay of €201,933 and €27,260 in pension contributions.

The figures show 36 staff at managerial level last year were paid between €150,000 and €200,000 due to an increase on the 25 in that earning bracket in 2019.

Employees earning between €100,000 and €150,000 last year totalled 641 compared to 507 in 2019.

Two members of non-medical staff in earned between €200,000 and €300,000 in 2019 and none in that earning bracket in 2020. Mr Reid was the only non-medical member of staff to earn more than €200,000 in 2020.

Providing context on the increasing numbers of high earners at the HSE last year, a spokeswoman for the HSE FOI unit stated: “In 2020, there was a restoration of periodic allowances culminating in an increase of 5pc for those earning less than €125,000 and 8pc for those earning more than €125,000.”

She added: “Also in 2020, a further 2pc increase in pay of all staff was implemented from October 1, 2020. This increase is calculated on top of the accumulated costs to date including all previous Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 (PSSA) rate increases.”


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