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”.