HC 191 - Local Government Chief Officers' Remuneration

HC 191 - Local Government Chief Officers' Remuneration

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During the first decade of this century salaries for senior council staff increased by some 75%, far greater than salaries increased for most people. There is no 'one size fits all' formula applicable to all councils' decisions on senior pay since levels are set within the context of local needs and priorities. Setting a pay rate entails, first, establishing the responsibilities of a job and next identifying the appropriate local pay rate for such a job. Councils have access to local market data but the Local Government Association and regional employers' bodies should address a lack information on the broader pay and recruitment trends over time and across regions. Councils must critically assess the remuneration levels suggested by consultants and job evaluation schemes to ensure a good officer cannot be secured under local market conditions at a lower pay rate. Bonuses, although not the norm in the sector, should not be paid to someone simply doing their job, rather only when there is clear evidence of personal additional contribution, with sensitivity to local circumstances. But, of more significance, councils are in many cases failing to establish robust appraisal systems, making it difficult to link performance to pay effectively. The Local Government Association should publish updated guidance and councils should be required to get full council agreement to, and publish, details of the processes used to appraise staff so that the public can understand the basis on which reward decisions are made.Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Communities and Local Government Committee ... Graham Farranta#39;s Ap185, 000 salary is shared equally between the two councils.90 Data indicate that councils which share senior staff achieve small overall savings in senior salary ... Public Finance Opinion, 16 December 2013 95 See for example TaxPayersa#39; Alliance views on potential savings at Q58.

Title:HC 191 - Local Government Chief Officers' Remuneration
Author:Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Communities and Local Government Committee, Clive Betts, Stationery Office (Great Britain)
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2014-09-12


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