Do you know how much the Prime Minister is paid in annual salary? No? Let me tell you – Boris Johnson receives an annual sum of £150,000 a year, plus over £5,000 in expenses, free accommodation, free transport and other perks.
This is not enough, according to the Prime Minister. Reports claim that he can no longer afford to hire a nanny now he is PM. Before taking the role Boris earned his MP salary of £82,000, along with the money he made form writing a newspaper column, and payments for speaking engagements. This came to much more than he currently receives from the tax payer.
So, what would be a fair salary for our Prime Minister – what he gets now, significantly more or much less? For our latest survey we wanted to find out what children think. And adults too for that matter. We asked 1,161 children what they thought a fair annual salary for the Prime Minister would be.
The results were fairly evenly divided so opinion seems to be split. We gave four possible answers: About £1 million a year, About £500,000 a year, About £150,000 a year, or About £50,000 a year. This is what we found:
As you can see, there is no clear majority. The largest vote was for £50,000 but only slightly behind it was for a rise to £1 million - the opposite extreme.
Our Prime Minister does quite well compared to the leaders of other countries. Of the 197 members of the United Nations, the UK ranks 30th in terms of government leader’s salary. The Sultan of Brunei comes first with the equivalent of $1,986,768,000. Bringing up the rear is the President of Uzbekistan on $15,600. The average is about $55,000 or £41,000.
The answers we got from adults were slightly different. They appear to be much less generous than their offspring! Here’s what they thought:.
As you can see, a third of adults think the prime Minister is paid far too much – a clear winner. Until you add together those who think he should be paid more than three times his current salary and those who think he should get 7 times more. Then 40% think he deserves a raise.More Survey Results
Here are the results from 1,161 children who answered our question "What would be a fair annual salary for our Prime Minister?". The survey was conducted in the week ending November 8th, 2020.
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