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Monday, 30 June 2008
Rewarding Failure - The Gray Scale
As is reasonably well known, the civil service has a grading structure which determines salary, pension, perks, etc etc.
However, as with all government orifices there are nuances etc that may not be so well known. Doubtless you will all recall the datagate fiasco of last year, where HMRC lost the data records of 25 million people and put their personal security at risk.
At that time Paul Gray, CEO of HMRC, was chosen to fall on his sword for this fark up and leave HMRC. Not that many tears were shed for him at the time, because he happily slipped into a new role in another part of the civil service (heaven forfend any senior member of the civil service should ever lose their job over something that they were responsible for!).
Within weeks, he had moved into the Cabinet Orifice where he led a project on 'developing civil servant skills' before his contract finally expired in December.
However, what was not revealed at the time was how much he was paid off for leaving HMRC. The payoff has now finally come to light.
How much do you think he got for leaving HMRC, after taking some of the responsibility for losing 25 million data sets?
Maestro, cue a role on the drums please!
Paul Gray received a payoff of........£400,000.
His salary when he was in HMRC was £200K per annum, so that means he got a two year pay off.
By the way, he has now also managed to negotiate a retirement package that will be officially revealed in the HMRC's annual report next month.
This particular civil service grade and pay scale shall henceforth be known as "The Gray Scale", applicable to all senior civil servants those who fail in their jobs.
HMRC: rewarding failure, punishing enterprise!
Tax does have to be taxing.
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