A total of 17 executives in the Dutch public- and semi-public sector earned more than a ministerial salary of 178 thousand euros per year in 2015. That means that they were in violation of the Netherlands' income standard, according to the annual report on executive salaries. In some cases the money was recovered, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs said, according to ANP.
Twenty police officials earned higher salaries than the Security and Justice Minister in 2014. The biggest earner was Bernard Welten. He earned 258,994 euros, the Justice Minister earned 177,410 euros, Dutch newspaper AD reports based on information received through the Freedom of Information Act.