Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson has seven assistants who earn upwards of ISK 64.3 million (EUR 417,400/USD 518,400) a year for their jobs.
This information was compiled and published by the Fréttablaðið daily newspaper, which ran a story on its front page. There are currently 20 people employed as assistants to government ministers, with a wage bill of ISK 207.7 million (EUR 1.35 million/USD 1.67 million).
DV reports that Sigmundur Davíð has seven of the 20, which leaves 13 assistants for the remaining eight ministers.
Sigmundur’s assistants are: Jóhannes Þór Skúlason; Sigurður Már Jónsson, government information officer; Benedikt Árnason, prime ministerial economics advisor; Lilja D. Alfreðsdóttir, project manager; Hrannar Pétursson, project manager; Margrét Gísladóttir, special advisor to the PM; and Ásmundur Einar Daðason, personal assistant to the PM.
The newspaper notes that Ásmundur Einar is also a Member of Parliament and does not receive a salary over and above his parliamentary wages.