Employment at ICANN has exploded along with the non-profit’s expenses.
Yesterday I reviewed the massive growth in ICANN’s expenses over the past 9 years. Today I’ll examine growth in headcount.
ICANN records the total number of W-2 employees on its tax returns, but these numbers are based on calendar years instead of financial years. ICANN’s financial year ends in June.
However, ICANN publishes a headcount number in its budget documents. These documents have changed over time (mostly for the better with more information), but I was able to get the headcount numbers from FY 2010 to FY 2017. These are the numbers as of the end of June except for 2010 and 2011, which are as of the end of May of the financial year:
The number of six-figure employees has also grown. The chart below shows the number of employees reported on the tax return as earning $100k or more in reportable income. I believe these numbers are based on the end of the calendar year, so data from FY 2016 is actually from December 2015. I also understand that this data does not include non-reportable income, such as the generous contribution ICANN makes to employee’s 401(k) plans.
The FY 2016 tax return lists 14 employees who had total compensation (including 401k contributions and non-taxable income) of $400,000 or more.
The tax returns also include the number of contractors paid $100,000 or more each year. This data is from FY 2009- FY 2016 as reported on tax returns. The information was missing on the FY 2013 return. I suspect contractor numbers were high in 2013 due to new TLDs.