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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 August 2007, 12:41 GMT 13:41 UK
Top UK bosses 'see earnings jump'
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Directors' pay has been pushed up by the stock market rally since 2003
The directors of Britain's leading companies saw their pay jump 37% over the past year, according to a survey.

For the first time, the bosses of firms listed on London's FTSE 100 index earned more than 1bn in total in the 12 months to the end of June.

The best paid boardrooms were at Barclays Bank and household product firm Reckitt Benckiser, the survey for the Guardian newspaper found.

The data covers 1,389 directors paid by their firms in the last financial year.

On average, the pay for a chief executive rose to 2,875,000, according to the Guardian report.

Incentive schemes

The figures were calculated by taking it into account wages, benefits and bonuses, including those from share-based incentive schemes.

TOP PAID FTSE 100 BOSSES
Bob Diamond, Barclays Bank: 23m
Bart Becht, Reckitt Benckiser: 22m
Giles Thorley, Punch Taverns: 11m
Lord Browne, BP: 11m
Trevor Reid, Xstrata: 9m
Source: The Guardian

The latter has been a big contributor to the strong rise in directors' pay packets as the value of share options bought three years ago has surged with the FTSE 100 index climbing 52% over that period to 20 July.

This was before concerns over earnings prospects began to upset investors.

Even accounting for the recent fallout in stock markets, shares are still way above average prices in 2004.

Hot shots

The best paid executive was Bob Diamond, the head of Barclays' investment banking unit, who earned 23m last year.

While his basic wage was 250,000, he soared to the top of the wage scale through performance-related bonuses and share-related incentives.

Hot on his heels, Reckitt Benckiser chief executive Bart Becht earned 22m last year, while the boss of Punch Taverns pubs Giles Thorley earned 11m.

Dame Marjorie Scardino, chief executive of Financial Times publisher Pearson, held her ground as highest paid female in the group, though she is just one of two to be included in the survey period.

The other female executive is Dorothy Thompson of the Drax power station company.



MARKET DATA - 11:36 UK

FTSE 100
5429.64up
23.70 0.44%
Dax
5733.05up
19.54 0.34%
Cac 40
3784.02up
14.48 0.38%
Dow Jones
10403.79up
78.53 0.76%
Nasdaq
2273.57up
35.31 1.58%
S&P 500
1115.71up
11.22 1.02%
BBC Global 30
5707.15up
20.65 0.36%
Data delayed by at least 15 minutes

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