TOP EARNERS at Atkins, Mace, Mott MacDonald, RPS and WSP are the highest paid consultants in NCE's top 20, research reveals this week.
Bosses at these ve rms earn in excess of £500,000 each.
Top of the pay scale is privately owned Mace, where the man at the top earns £698,000. Second is public company Atkins, with Keith Clarke on £625,000 (see table on page 12).
The average earnings of the highest paid directors rose in 2005, re cting the continued boom for British consultants.
On average, fims in NCE's top 20 paid their top directors 7% more in 2005 than 2004.
The average pay increase was £22,672, although at least two of the top 20 consultants paid their highest earner less than the previous year.
The average salary paid to senior and chief executives was £350,472 last year, compared with £327,800 in 2004. This includes bonuses but excludes share option and pension contributions. The figures are based on information included in the annual reports and accounts produced by the 20 largest firms ranked by fees rendered in the NCE Consultants File 2006.