9,000 public sector workers earn more than PM

New research shows that the number earning top wages is greater than previously thought.

More than 9,000 public sector workers take home a higher wage than the prime minister, new research conducted by the BBC's Panorama programme has shown.

The study, which collected data from 2,400 different public bodies revealed that 38,000 public employees are earning above £100,000, with 1,000 people on more than £200,000.

The greatest proportion of these high-earners is to be found in the NHS, with more than 26,000 people earning more than £100,000. Of those, nearly 6,500 earn more than David Cameron's prime ministerial salary of £142,500.