The chief executive of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Jon Thompson, told the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee in Parliament today that he is in the middle of hiring another 4 – 5,000 customs officials to deal with increased customs declarations that will result from Brexit.
He can be seen speaking here: https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/783f6698-4872-40fa-b9e8-2c068b7131c0?in=10:38:40&out=10:43:00
With the average salary of a Customs Officer reported as £31,081 per annum and with estimated on-costs per employee of just over £9,000 per employee, this could mean an annual bill of over £200 million a year.
Commenting, Bridget Philipson MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“This is another bill for Brexit that nobody voted for: £200 million a year that could be invested in nurses, doctors, teachers or police officers instead going on customs officials.
“Whether you sided with leave or remain two years ago, or didn’t vote at all, this was never discussed and yet now you are expected to pay for it through your taxes. It’s yet another reason why it is democratically essential that we have a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”
Notes for editors
Sources suggest the average salary of a HMRC customs officer is £31,018, which is £2,585 per month.
Adding in on-costs using this on-cost calculator (http://www.bath.ac.uk/finance/payroll/employees-on-cost-calculator/), it comes to £3,344 per month which is £40,128 per year.
For 5,000 new staff, that comes to £200,640,000. And that’s just salaries, so not including IT costs, training or anything else.