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Healthcare bosses dominate list of big public sector earners

Tuesday 08 January 2013

Efforts in the Netherlands to limit the salaries of public sector bosses appear to be stalling, following the publication of new figures showing a 20% increase in high earners between 2010 and 2011.

In total, 2,651 public sector staff earned more than the official limit of €193,000 a year in 2011, the new home affairs ministry figures show. Healthcare staff accounted for 80% of the total big earners while housing corporation bosses, television presenters, police chiefs and air traffic control executives also feature high on the list.

The 20% increase in the number of high earners is 'far too big,' said home affairs minister Ronald Plasterk.

'We thought by making the list public, top earners would take a step back because they were embarrassed,' Plasterk told Nos television. 'But that does not seem to be the case... they seem to be saying 'I want to earn that as well'. '


Despite the rise in the number of high earners, their average salary fell from €234,191 to €218,783, showing that efforts to keep pay under control are having some effect when new officials are appointed.

The biggest earner was Erik Staal, head of housing corporation Vestia which had to be bailed out after losing billions of euros on its investments. Staal's 2011 salary package totalled €1.2m.

A number of television presenters also break the limit. Top earner is thought to be Matthijs van Nieuwkerk who earned €493,420 euro.

In November, parliament passed new legislation which will eventually reduce all public sector salaries to below that of the the new maximum - 130% of a minister's salary - or €228,599 including pension and expenses. However, the transition period is likely to take nine years, the Volkskrant said.

Is the government right to get tough on public sector pay? Have your say using the comment form below.

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Readers' comments (12)

and at the same time, our healthcare costs are skyrocketing.

Something is rotten in the state of denmark.

By H. | January 8, 2013 3:25 PM

(We thought by making the list public, top earners would take a step back because they were embarrassed)

You would need to be a complete airhead to make a statement like that, let alone believe it too. This a corrupt little country where people don't matter anymore.

By Highlander | January 8, 2013 3:37 PM

Human tend to learn by example not instruction!
Will the ministers be taking a pay-cut?

By radio junkie | January 8, 2013 5:11 PM

Healthcare bosses dominate list of big public sector earners. Should legal retributions against such people tax their salaries? I am a forigner I know I am fighting against a windmill to obtain my rights, but for your own people who should care, this is not the case.

By Terence Hale | January 8, 2013 5:24 PM

I think that the government should be tough on public sector pay payed out of taxes, rent, health care insurance and other heavily government-controlled fees and prices.

By Hans | January 8, 2013 7:04 PM

9 years? They decide to change thing and the next month it happens. Why 9 years. In the meantime out health insurance is going up again along with the eigen risico. Give them a month to reduce their pay.

By Ames | January 8, 2013 7:12 PM

The rich becomes richer and the rest becomes poorer. This world is becoming more anti families and especially if it is run by a bunch of LGBTs.

By ufo | January 9, 2013 8:20 AM

I like that they call them bosses. Makes it sound more like the mafia. Expenses are more likely kick backs.

By Al | January 9, 2013 9:10 AM

News like this makes me feel even more dpressed. What a kind fair safe world we have created, huh? More and more people have to go to the food bank in NL to feed their children and we have this. Really sad. Shit like this is why I left the big bad USA many years ago, to live in a fairer kinder land. What a fool I am.

By B | January 9, 2013 9:51 AM

How can NL or D ask e.g. Greece to apply cuts in a single year when those "developped" countries are not even able to reduce a shallow few percent on top earners. Public money disappears in the millions in private pockets. The solution is: FIRE those guys and hire cheaper once. There are hundreds of top people for less then 200,000 Euros on the human resource market.

By Mike Zulu | January 9, 2013 10:43 AM

This sort of shenanigens is what kick-started the financial abuses of the healthcare systems in America!

By Kevin L. | January 9, 2013 11:44 AM


I thought I was the only person who noticed, in the UK we have the (New Labour Luvvies) and the(political correct brigade alias, LGBTs) screwing up our society. Sadly, the blinkers are on as the sheeple are sedated with reality TV and spoon fed daily with, large dollops of mental chewing gum, by an equally illiterate and bias media!

By Highlander | January 9, 2013 11:59 AM

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