Salary scandal

1 April 2010
UPDATE: As many of you have probably realised (although some people were suckered in) this was our annual April Fool. There is no Madrid-based Dia de los Santos Innocentes group, nor was there any freedom of information request. Rest assured top-earning public sector buyers are not at risk of having their salaries disclosed. You may have seen the piece in the latest issue of SM about the freedom of information request by a little-known Spanish organisation, DSI, to expose the salaries of public sector buyers earning more than €50,000 across the EU. The group is concerned that ballooning public sector procurement pay packets are driving up the cost of the state. It is expected to affect more than 3,000 buyers in the UK. Good on them, I say. It’s about time the pay of public sector bureaucrats was exposed to greater clarity. After all the primary goal of EU procurement rules are to promote greater transparency, and this should be as applicable to buyers as to the processes they run. Unfortunately the exposé hasn’t gone far enough. Public sector purchasers have been given the chance to opt out of having their details published by emailing this address.
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