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Oil Giant Shell’s Chief Executive Has His Pay Doubled To 143 Times Average UK Employee’s

The raise comes as the company increased its annual profits by almost $10bn


LAHORE MIRROR (Monitoring Desk)– Ben van Beurden, the chief executive of oil-company Shell, has recorded his pay more than double last year to more than €20m (£17m).

His total salary in 2017, which was approximately €9m, incited a shareholder revolt.

The raise comes as the company increased its annual profits by almost $10bn and is largely down to long-term incentives kicking in.

Dutchman Mr van Beurden’s pay is now 143 times larger than the average Shell employee in the UK.

The firm’s Remuneration Committee said the ratio was “consistent” with those in the top 30 companies listed in London.

It added that Shell believed in reward packages “that are externally competitive and internally proportionate, meaning the chief executive is the employee with the highest proportion of variable pay as he has the highest level of responsibility”.

A report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that the average FTSE 100 chief executive earned 167 times more than the average UK worker.

The Anglo-Dutch giant is the most valuable company listed in Britain. Despite its ambition to halve its carbon footprint by 2050, the firm is one of the world’s largest polluters, emitting 73 million tonnes on carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2017.

Last year, Shell announced it would link executive pay to carbon emission targets, subject to a shareholder vote in 2020.

The move followed pressure from investors, including the Church of England Pensions Board.

In Thursday’s report the firm said it was bringing that forward by a year and executive pay would be linked to carbon emission targets “with immediate effect”.

The 10 highest paid UK CEOs in 2017

Chief executiveCompanyPayPay ratio*
Jeff FairburnPersimmon£47.1m1,130:1
Simon PeckhamMelrose Industries£42.8m1,134:1
Rob PerrinsBerkeley Group£28m273:1
Jeremy DarrochSky£16.3m312:1
Martin SorrellWPP£13.9m295:1
Zoran BogdanovicCoca-Cola HBC AG£13.8m563:1
Rakesh KapoorReckitt Benckiser£12.5m362:1
André LacroixIntertek£11.7m458:1
Nicandro DuranteBritish American Tobacco£11.4m424:1
Bob DudleyBP£10.5m106:1
Source: CIPD
Mr van Beurden’s pay has long been a matter of controversy.

Many shareholders questioned why Shell executives were paid bonuses for 2017, the year in which a tanker run by a sub-contractor in Pakistan exploded, and killed more than 200 people.