Appointment of Special Advisers

Date published: 07 March 2024

Thirteen special advisers have been appointed by Ministers in the new Executive.

Special Advisers

Appointment of Special Advisers

Thirteen special advisers have been appointed by Ministers in the new Executive. 

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

Special Advisers are paid within three pay-bands. The salaries reflect the role of the special adviser as set out in the Code of Conduct, as well as individuals’ relevant experience and expertise.

A list of the advisers and the range within which their salary falls is available on the department's website.

The Department of Finance will publish an Annual Report, detailing the number and costs of special advisers, in April.

Notes to editors: 

  1.  Each departmental Minister is entitled to appoint one special adviser; the First Minister and deputy First Minister are entitled to appoint three each.  The deputy First Minister may therefore choose to appoint a further special adviser.
  2. The average salary in February 2020 was £62,750; the average salary in January 2017 was £72,681.
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  1. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service For Media Enquiries Only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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