Balfour Beatty’s chief executive Ian Tyler took home a cash bonus of £202,860 in 2009, taking his total pay to £933,896

The figure was down from £1m last year – including a bonus of £336,000 – although total board pay rose from £3.37m to £3.8m for 12 directors.

Tyler’s pay was modest in comparison to that of his housebuilding peers at Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey, the bosses of which took home £1.3m (of which the bonus was £406,000) and £1.7m (£788,000) respectively, despite their weaker financial performance than Balfour Beatty in 2009.

John McDonough, chief executive of Carillion, took home a total of £1.2m in 2009, which included a bonus of £342,000 on top of his salary of £632,000.

The figure was down from the £1.4m he took home last year, which included a bonus of £608,000.

The total pay for 11 Carillion directors was £4.07m, down from £4.8m in 2008. The company made a pre-tax profit of £148m last year.