SSE boss gets 72% pay rise weeks after arguing against cap on bills : The Guardian

Alistair Phillips-Davies to receive £2.92m after financial year in which profit margin on households rose from 6.2% to 6.9%

The boss of one of the UK’s biggest energy companies has been given a 72% pay rise, just weeks after arguing against consumers having their bills capped to save them £100 a year.

Alistair Phillips-Davies, the chief executive of SSE, will be paid £2.92m in 2017 after receiving the maximum possible bonuses for leading a “robust performance” by the supplier last year.

The pay rise is even bigger than the 40% rise awarded to the chief executive of the British Gas owner, Centrica.

Phillips-Davies was paid £844,000 in base salary, largely unchanged from last year, but topped up by £25,000 in benefits, a £910,000 annual bonus – more than double the year before – and a long-term incentive payout of £644,000. He was also handed £502,000 for his pension.

The retail arm of SSE increased the profit margin it makes on householders from 6.2% to 6.9% in the financial year 2016-17.

Among the big six suppliers, SSE has the highest proportion of customers (91%) on standard variable tariffs, the default energy deals that the Conservatives have promised to cap. The government has said householders are paying a total of £1.4bn over the odds for energy as a result of such tariffs. It claims a cap would save customers up to £100 a year.

Phillips-Davies argued strongly against a cap in an article published in May, writing: “As a major energy supplier we believe customers’ best interests is served by competition, not caps.”




  1. So whilst many live in fuel poverty he gets a raise in his wages 🤔 ……’For the few not the many’ ……
    NB: the amount is just over half what TM is offering to rehouse all the families from the fire! They have no idea & are so out of touch with reality it’s shameful.
    Last night I truly felt ashamed to be British (not ashamed to be me with my morals & ethics), but ashamed that I’m linked with a Country that its leader & Govt (who I obviously didn’t vote for) are behaving in this way.

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