List of Special Advisers and Salaries released by DoF

It’s taken a lot longer than anticipated for the list of names and salaries to be released, but late this afternoon the Department of Finance issued the list and numbers.

When the updated Code of Conduct was released, the maximum pay ceiling was also capped at less than a ministerial salary in the recently announced review and the Department undertook to assess the CV of the names brought to them by each Minister in order work out an appropriate salary based on the level of expertise rather than just matching or exceeding their previous conditions of employment.

The three pay-bands are structured:

  1. up to £54,999
  2. £55,000 – 69,999
  3. £70,000 – 85,000

Four of the six special advisers in The Executive Office (which used to have eight advisers) have been placed in the middle of band 3, while all other SPADs are in pay-bands 1 or 2.

Pay-band 1 salaries can be calculated as averaging around £52,000, close to the maximum of that scale.

The average salary is £62,607 (down 13.8% from £72,681 in the last Executive) and the total pay-bill has decreased from £1,162,894 to £876,498.

  • Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs – Mr Mark Beattie – Pay-band 1
  • Communities – Mr Ronan McGinley – Pay-band 1
  • Economy – Mr Alastair Ross – Pay-band 2 £65,000 (will take up appointment in near future when notice period for current role ends)
  • Education – Mr Peter Martin – Pay-band 2 £60,000
  • Finance – Mr Eoin Rooney – Pay-band 1
  • Health – Mr Mark Ovens – Pay-band 2 £60,000
  • Infrastructure – Ms Tanya McCamphill – Pay-band 1
  • Justice – Ms Claire Johnson – Pay-band 1
  • Executive Office – Mr Stephen McGlade – Pay-band 3 £78,000
  • Executive Office – Dr Dara O’Hagan – Pay-band 3 £78,000
  • Executive Office – Mr John Loughran – Pay-band 2 £67,000
  • Executive Office – Dr Philip Weir – Pay-band 3 £78,000
  • Executive Office – Ms Emma Little-Pengelly – Pay-band 3 £78,000
  • Executive Office – Mrs Kim Ashton – Pay-band 1