high-earners are allowed to make their own tax arrangements rather than be paid through the PAYE system.
In one case investigated by File on 4, the chief executive of a London council's housing arm was paid more than £900,000 ($1.4m) through his company over a four year period.
Apologies if this has been done.
I appreciate that this is a very small sample of people at the very top of the public sector "pyramid", so not in any way representative.
However, i do feel that the general representation of public sector = low may is equally misrepresentative.
In my own disciplne public sector pay can be equal or better than respective consultancy pay, and for far more comfortable working conditions / work life balance.