Sky News has reported that the government is paying individual private sector consultants million-pound wages to work on its test and trace system. Some executives from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) helping the government set up and run its testing system are being paid day rates of around £7,000 – equivalent to an annual salary of around £1.5m.
The individual consultants only receive a portion of that sum, but it is still considerably more than than any other public sector worker. Documents seen by Sky News show that the government has paid BCG around £10m for a team of around 40 consultants to do four months’ work on the testing system between the end of April and late August.
Full story in Sky News, 15 October 2020