One reason why OGC has to make some serious money out of ITIL and PRINCE2

Ever wonder why OGC is so commercially-motivated? It's unusual for a government department in a country with a committed goal to put publicly owned data into the public domain. For one clue, check out this list from the BBC of the UK's highest paid civil servants.

Count the ones who make over two hundred thousand pounds a year:

    there's the head of the whole danged civil service
    the CIO and the two top lawyers for the whole of the British government
    DG and another Director of Revenues and Customs (i.e. responsible for bringing in most of the money)
    FIVE top bosses in the National Health Service (not that the NHS has a reputation for being profligate or anything)
    the head of Work and Pensions (responsible for handing out most of the money)
    a DG and a CEO for the Home Office
    Chief of the Defence Staff and his COO
    Director of Finance for the Ordnance Survey (who put their IP in the public domain)
    CEO of UK Trade & Investment (responsible for bringing in all the foreign money)
    CEO of the Office of Fair Trading [!!!!]

...and two Directors from a little agency responsible for developing business IP for the government: OGC. Their CEO only makes $185k, poor chap.

You've got to generate some serious hoot to justify take-home pay like that. Make things a little clearer for you?

By way of comparison, no-one in the whole Department for Business, Innovation and Skills makes over $185k, and no-one in the Ministry of Justice makes over $190k. Nor anyone from the dozens (hundreds?) of other UK government offices and agencies.

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