Shell chief’s pay soars to 143 times average UK employee’s


Oil fat cat cashes in: Shell chief’s pay packet more than doubles to an eye watering £17MILLION – 143 times more than average workers

  • Ben Van Beurden’s total pay package soared by 126% last year 
  • Bulk of pay rise stemmed from long term incentive plan payouts 

Jane Denton For Thisismoney

The boss of oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell received a 126 per cent pay rise last year.

Chief executive Ben Van Beurden pocketed over £17million, including a long-term incentive plan linked sum of £12.8million, up from £7.6million, and a £2.5million bonus.

In its latest results, the group said: ‘As a consequence of the LTIP vesting in particular, the single figure of remuneration for the CEO is significantly higher this year than in previous years.’   

In the money: The boss of oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell,  Ben Van Beurden, received a 126 per cent pay packet boost last year

In the money: The boss of oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell,  Ben Van Beurden, received a 126 per cent pay packet boost last year

In the money: The boss of oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell,  Ben Van Beurden, received a 126 per cent pay packet boost last year

Mr van Beurden has been leading an ambitious efficiency drive since the industry was buffeted by the 2014 oil price crash.

But, the bumper pay award is still likely to reignite the debate surrounding ‘fat cat’ executive pay packets.

Luke Hildyard, director at the High Pay Centre, said Shell epitomised the ‘warped corporate culture’ of modern big business.

He added: ‘The bulk of this package results from very high incentive payments, which have decreasing credibility with pay experts.’ 

Last year, over a quarter of Shell’s investors voted against Mr van Beurden’s pay at the energy giant’s annual meeting.

The oil and gas chief’s salary is 143 times that of the average Shell employee.

In its defence, Shell said it is ‘sensitive to the wider societal discussions regarding the level of executive pay’, adding that it spent a significant amount of time discussing the bumper payout.

Votes: Last year, over a quarter of Shell's investors voted against Mr van Beurden's pay at the energy giant's annual meeting

Votes: Last year, over a quarter of Shell's investors voted against Mr van Beurden's pay at the energy giant's annual meeting

Votes: Last year, over a quarter of Shell’s investors voted against Mr van Beurden’s pay at the energy giant’s annual meeting

The group added: ‘We reviewed Shell’s CEO pay ratio externally against the ratios that we see in other FTSE 30 companies, which we calculated based on their disclosed employee numbers and employee costs.

‘We believe our ratio is consistent with those seen in other FTSE 30 companies, although it is challenging to draw a meaningful comparison given the different markets and industries in which they operate.’

The chief executive’s pay boost came as Shell posted its biggest profit haul for four years earlier this year. 

The Anglo-Dutch FTSE-100 listed group posted underlying earnings of £16.3billion for 2018, marking a rise of 36 per cent.

As well as higher oil prices throughout the bulk of the year, Shell also benefited from dramatic cost-cutting, while it has likewise been selling off assets.

The group’s share price is up 0.66 per cent or 15.75p to 2,391.25p. The company’s share price has fluctuated considerably in the last year and at this point a year ago was trading at around 2,266p.



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