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Survey rebuffs earnings link


LGC readers are lukewarm about the suggestion that senior officer reward should be linked to staff earnings, our survey has found.

Westminster City Council chief executive Mike More suggested that the ratio between top salaries and that of other council staff must not become too great.

Of the senior officers who answered our survey, 8% supported a connection. The most popular ratio selected by those in favour was 9-10 times the bottom-grade salary (26%).

One survey respondent argued against the idea, saying that it imposed a false restriction on earnings and too much reliance on a “percentages approach” to pay.

One senior officer said: “Job evaluation has shown there should be a clear progression, but limiting that progression is foolish.”

Another questioned the viability of such an approach when there was a great deal of difference between councils with contracted-out staff: “How would this apply between a council with most of its delivery services outsourced to partners compared with a council that has mostly in-house services, where the circumstances are likely to be very different?”

The most positive opinion expressed was that any link would need to “depend on a number of factors”.


Readers' comments (2)

  • The difference should be no more than four times the minimum and pay rises should be linked so that any pay rises are across the board and the same amount in money terms. The chiefs would then have a proper incentive to save money so they could increase their salaries and everyone would benefit. As it is now the differences are so vast and unsustainable and their is no incentives for executives to do any work or make any savings.

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  • Mike More is correct. Westminster are forward thinking. Westminster is acting poperly including being honest about salaries. Westminster recently published its top managers actual pay. In fact the difference is about 10 times from 20k at the bottom to 200k at the top. Most staff are happy to see the Chief Executive earning a top salary for a very difficult job.

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