Applegreen extends salary reductions for senior executives

Company says it traded ahead of Covid expectations in three months to end of June

Salary reductions for executive directors at Applegreen, introduced at the start of the Covid crisis, have been extended, the forecourt retailer has confirmed.

The company introduced a 20 per cent cut in base salaries for executives for a three-month period from the start of April, and also implemented cost reductions for support staff.

A spokesman for Applegreen said “salary reductions are still in place currently, and remain under review”.

The news comes as the company's annual report shows that chief executive Robert Etchingham and chief operating officer Joseph Barrett, who founded the business, both received reduced remuneration packages last year.


Mr Etchingham received total remuneration of €526,000 in 2019, down from €568,000 a year earlier. Remuneration for Mr Barrett came in at €536,000 versus €588,000 in the prior year.

Chief finance officer Niall Dolan saw an increase in his overall package to €495,00 from €379,000. The company paid out a total of €1.7 million in remuneration for directors at Applegreen, who include financier Danny Kitchen, which is non-executive chairman, and former Ryanair CFO Howard Miller.

In March, as the Covid crisis emerged, Applegreen temporarily reduced headcount by more than 4,800 employees in Ireland and Britain from 11,500 under the respective government job-retention schemes.

The company also said at that time it would be deferring executive director bonuses, implementing a recruitment freeze, and suspending its final dividend.

Applegreen on Monday said it remained profitable in the three months to the end of June, and traded ahead of its Covid expectations.

Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor is a former Irish Times business journalist