The Mayor of London was today accused of spending millions on the wrong priorities, as it emerged that TfL salaries have rocketed by 15 percent in one year.
New figures show that TfL’s remuneration costs have surged from £1.9 billion in 2016/17 to £2.2 billion this year. This comes despite the average headcount at TfL falling from 27,500 last year to under 27,000 currently.
Prince said that a significant amount of this increase has gone towards the “eyewatering pay rises” which have been awarded to the most senior TfL employees this year. These include:
The number of TfL staff earning a six-figure salary reached 576 in 2016/2017, while only 415 local council employees across the whole of Greater London were paid over £100K in the same year.
The average TfL salary increased to almost £84,000 this year – up from £72,352 in 2016/17.
Commenting, Keith Prince AM said:
“While it is outrageous that Sadiq Khan has chosen to give eyewatering pay rises to the top TfL executives, it is hardly surprising. This Mayor has proven time and again that he has the wrong priorities for London.
“At a time when there’s an almost £1 billion black hole in the TfL finances and capacity boosting infrastructure projects have been put on hold, Londoners will be rightly angry to discover that their hard-earned money has been wasted on ever-increasing salaries.
“When Khan came to office he promised to cut the waste in the “flabby” TfL organisation. These figures show that far from driving efficiencies, he is spending money badly while our public transport services suffer”.