The leader of Saatchi & Saatchi Group was the highest-paid agency director in adland last year, with a salary of £967,000 – although this was a 13.35% decrease on the top salary in 2016.
The highest-paid director at Ogilvy earned £828,000 in 2017, but this was nearly 49% less than the highest-paid director the previous year.
The next highest-paid directors were at Leo Burnett (£625,000), Grey (£482,000) and Publicis (£437,000).
|Company name||Year end||Latest||Previous||Change|
|1||Saatchi & Saatchi Group Ltd||31/12/2017||967||1,116||(13.35)|
|2||Ogilvy & Mather Group (Holdings) Limited||31/12/2017||828||1,621||(48.92)|
|3||Leo Burnett Limited||31/12/2017||625||611||2.29|
|4||Grey Advertising Limited||31/12/2017||482||772||(37.56)|
|6||J. Walter Thompson Group Limited||31/12/2017||435||602||(27.74)|
|7||Mother London Limited||31/12/2017||419||362||15.75|
|9||AKA Promotions Limited||25/03/2017||357||285||25.26|
|10||FCB Inferno Limited||31/12/2017||337||334||0.90|
Meanwhile, among those running UK listed ad agency groups, unsurprisingly it was still Sir Martin Sorrell who took home the biggest pay packet at £13,930,000, followed by Paul Taffe from Huntsworth with £1,463,000 and Alex Batchelor from System1 Group with £1,462,569.
UK quoted highest-paid directors
|1||WPP Group Plc||Sir Martin Sorrell||13,930,000||48,148,000||(71.07)|
|2||Huntsworth Plc||Paul Taaffe||1,463,000||869,000||68.35|
|3||System1 Group plc||Alex Batchelor||1,462,569||581,687||151.44|
|4||Next Fifteen Communications Group Plc||Tim Dyson||1,063,000||1,072,000||(0.84)|
|5||Cello Group Plc||Mark Scott||803,000||1,167,000||(31.19)|