Three Welsh health service managers have been tipped as possible successors to former NHS Wales chief executive Peter Gregory.
Interviews for the job are set to take place at the end of the month. Bro Taf health authority chief executive Jan Williams is the name most often mentioned by managers, despite more recent speculation that she may not have applied for the job.
Ms Williams, formerly chief executive at Iechyd Morgannwg health authority, is vice-chair of the NHS Confederation in Wales.
But one senior source this week suggested that a shortlist of two had been drawn up, with Bro Morgannwg trust chief executive Paul Williams challenging Gwent Healthcare trust chief executive Martin Turner for the job.
There has been speculation that there had been 'trouble shortlisting' for Mr Gregory's replacement because of the low salary on offer.
'Salary is a big issue, ' a senior Welsh health service manager told HSJ. 'I don't know what Peter Gregory was on, but I think it's a lot less than at some of the trusts.'
A Welsh Assembly spokesperson said the post was advertised with a salary of 'circa£100,000'.
None of the people mentioned was available for comment.
Announcement of a new chief executive for the NHS in Scotland is due within the next eight weeks, according to the NHS Management Executive.
Interviews for a successor to Geoff Scaife, who has since been appointed to lead Birmingham health authority, took place last week.