Number of TfL workers being paid more than £100,000 grows to 515

The number of Transport for London staff being paid more than £100,000 rose from 402 to 515 last year, figures showed today. 

The biggest earners included Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme, who was paid £946,396, and TfL Commissioner Mike Brown, who received £514,701. Mr Brown and Leon Daniels, TfL’s most senior transport bosses, volunteered to forgo their bonuses this year in the wake of the Sandilands tram crash in Croydon, which killed seven people and injured 51. 

They told the transport body’s remuneration committee they considered any performance-related pay would be inappropriate. 

Mr Daniels, managing director, surface transport, is the organisation’s fourth-highest-paid official, earning £343,145 last year. Crossrail programme director Simon Wright, on  £493,902, was third. 

The 515 total includes staff who reached the six-figure threshold by working overtime or receiving a one-off voluntary redundancy payment.

TfL’s annual report showed that 88 specialist engineers and highly-skilled project staff, earning a base salary of less than £100,000, were taken over the threshold due to extra hours overnight and at weekends. This was up from 63 the previous year.

Also 122 employees, who were paid less than £100,000, received a one-off redundancy payment. This compares with 70 people the year before. 

Overall, the transport body has made significant progress in cutting the number of high earners after Mayor Sadiq Khan pledged to make it “less flabby”. According to the report, the number of staff earning a base salary of more than £100,000 fell to 153, down almost 20 per cent from 188, as of the end of March.

The Mayor has focused on stripping out ranks of managers and other senior earners as he tries to cut TfL’s running costs to help fund his four-year fare “freeze” and other projects. 

TfL has also reduced the number of expensive agency contractors taking home more than £100,000 by almost half since June last year, down to 267 from 517, saving the organisation  £2 million a week. 

The base salaries of the most senior staff have been frozen for the mayoral term and TfL insists they are significantly lower than they would be paid in the private transport sector.   

Mr Brown said: “We are undertaking the largest ever overhaul of our operations since TfL’s creation in 2000. The day-to-day operating costs have decreased by £153 million, the first such reduction in our history.

“This has been achieved by reducing management layers and reliance on agency staff and eliminating duplication by bringing functions together to make transport safer, more reliable and more efficient.”

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