The union representing council chief executives and senior managers has submitted a pay claim that matches the 2% pay offer made to general council staff last month.
Association of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers (Alace) chair Tracey Lee said the increase was necessary due to “increasing pressures” on senior managers caused by austerity and Brexit.
Last month, the National Employers made an offer of 2% for each of the next two years for the majority of council staff but that does not apply to the most senior council staff.
Ms Lee said: “Given this context, Alace does not believe that chief executives should receive less generous treatment than other local government staff.”
The National Employers are expected to respond to Alace’s claim, submitted on 21 December, early in February.
Ms Lee said: “The pressures facing heads of paid service in leading their organisations through very challenging times continue unabated. Local government is widely accepted to be the most efficient part of the public sector. Leadership of the highest quality and resilience are demanded from chief executives in transforming councils, delivering public service reform and securing economic and housing growth.”
Conservative councillors attempted to block the 2% offer for the majority of council staff last month, warning that the increase would lead to further cuts to services.