Department of Finance publishes names and salaries of special advisers appointed

The Department of Finance has published the names and salaries of the special advisers appointed.

Individual salaries have been determined by senior officials in the Department of Finance.

The total annual salary pay bill is £876,498. The total annual salary pay bill in 2017 was £1,162,894. The average salary for special advisers has decreased by 14% with the average salary now almost £10,000 less than the 2017 equivalent.

The salaries reflect the role of the special adviser as set out in the Code of Conduct, relevant experience and expertise as well as whether the special adviser is working for the First and deputy First Minister or on more complex cross-cutting work.

Details of Special Adviser appointments:

Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs – Mr Mark Beattie – Pay-band 1

Communities – Mr Ronan McGinley – Pay-band 1

Economy – Mr Alastair Ross* – Pay-band 2 £65,000

Education – Mr Peter Martin – Pay-band 2 £60,000

Finance – Mr Eoin Rooney – Pay-band 1

Health – Mr Mark Ovens – Pay-band 2 £60,000

Infrastructure – Ms Tanya McCamphill – Pay-band 1

Justice – Ms Claire Johnson – Pay-band 1

Executive Office – Mr Stephen McGlade – Pay-band 3 £78,000

Executive Office – Dr Dara O’Hagan – Pay-band 3 £78,000

Executive Office – Mr John Loughran – Pay-band 2 £67,000

Executive Office – Dr Philip Weir – Pay-band 3 £78,000

Executive Office – Ms Emma Little-Pengelly – Pay-band 3 £78,000

Executive Office – Mrs Kim Ashton – Pay-band 1


The new Special Adviser Code, as agreed by the Executive on the 20 January 2020 outlined Special Advisers will be paid within three pay-bands.

  • Pay-band 1 – up to £54,999
  • Pay-band 2 – £55,000 – £69,999
  • Pay-band 3 – £70,000 – £85,000

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