In this vapid piece, the Revd Peter Mullen - surprisingly for a clergyman - repeats the tired old cliche that top rates of pay are necessary to attract 'the best'. This is surely not the case. Top rates of pay attract those who want the greatest rewards, whereas 'the best' are those who are prepared to work with commitment and zeal, either for the sake of the work itself, or for the benefit of their fellow human beings. Top rates of pay may be a pleasant by-product of such dedicated work, but they are not the primary motivating factor. And those who are motivated primarily by money are, by definition, not 'the best'.
Fr Mullen would have done better to quote the words of St Ignatius Loyola:
"Teach us, good Lord, to serve Thee as Thou deservest:
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labour and not to ask for any reward
Save that of knowing that we do Thy will."