Chief executives are poised to accept the same pay offer as that put to other local government staff.
Local Government Employers (LGE) recently made an increased offer of 2.5% to the National Joint Council, the forum for negotiating pay claims (LGC, 6 September). Trade unions had called for a five percent rise and are considering their response.
The LGE told the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives (ALACE) it would break the government's two percent limit for pay increases and because councils had been "consistently producing the most substantial efficiency gains in the public sector" and they wanted to see that effort
ALACE secretary Alastair Robertson said: "We had not made a specific claim because we decided to see how things developed and we know the next public spending round is going to be tight.
"I've recommended to ALACE council members that we should accept this. Most have responded, and no one has disagreed."
This pay offer is intended to cover inflation. Chief executives are in many cases able to negotiate higher increases for themselves locally.