The average salary paid to staff employed by the Olympic Delivery Authority has climbed to £67,000 during the past year, according to the organisation's annual report, published today.
The ODA, which is responsible for delivering the Olympic Games venues and infrastructure, employed 228 full time staff during the year ending 31 March 2010.
It also employed 88 agency workers, and another 29 who had been seconded, making a total of 345 compared to 327 in 2008-09.
The organisation paid £15,525,000 to its full time staff, although this does not include remuneration of its board and committee members.
David Higgins, chief executive, was paid £390,000, with another £48,000 going into his pension pot. However, his performance-related bonus has not yet been signed off by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which the ODA reports in to, meaning his total package of £438,000 is less than the previous year's £537,000.
Howard Shiplee, the construction director, received a salary of £287,000, plus a £57,000 bonus, and a £33,000 pension contribution. At £377,000, Shiplee's total package makes him the ODA's second highest earner after Higgins. He earned £362,000 in 2008-09.
“The senior management team have ensured that this multi-million pound project with a fixed deadline is on track and within budget, making £700m savings to date,” said chairman John Armitt.
“The ODA was created solely for a time-limited task and we will be scaling down from next summer. These are short-term jobs with no enhanced redundancy arrangements and all directors will be voluntarily taking a pay freeze this year, as well as deferring a proportion of performance-related pay until after the Games.”
Meanwhile, the roof on the Olympic Stadium is now complete (see photo).
The stadium’s roof is made up of 112 panels of white panels, covering 45,000 sq m, stretched between an outer truss and an inner tension ring. They were fitted by a team of 23 expert abseilers.