1. Introduction to the policy
Section 38 (1) of the Localism Act 2011 requires English and Welsh local authorities to produce a statutory pay policy statement for 2012/13 and for each financial year after that.
In the context of managing scarce public resources, remuneration at all levels within the council needs to be adequate to secure and retain high-quality employees dedicated to the service of the public, but at the same time needs to avoid being unnecessarily generous or otherwise excessive.
We have already adopted a pay and reward strategy which seeks to ensure that its pay and reward systems facilitate the retention and recruitment of employees with the right skills and capabilities and takes account of regional and national variations and local market factors.
This pay policy statement applies specifically to chief officers (a term which includes both statutory and non-statutory chief officers) and addresses the legal requirement to set out how the policy for agreement of chief officer remuneration differs to that of other council employees. For the purposes of this statement this includes:
- Chief executive officer (the chief executive officer is shared with South Somerset District Council)
- deputy chief executive
- strategic leads including section 151 officer and monitoring officer responsibilities
The Local Government Transparency Code 2015 (November edition) requires authorities to publish the ratio of chief executive to median earnings. Tracking this multiple will ensure public service organisations are accountable for the relationship between the pay of their executives and the wider workforce. Through this pay policy statement we will track this multiple annually and will also publish the following information (please see Appendix A):
- details of the taxable remuneration to calculate the Median FTE pay for the workforce
- the remuneration of the lowest paid employee
- the annual Median FTE of the authorities workforce
Details of the remuneration of the authorities’ senior staff, including key responsibilities and allowances are shown on the Senior Salaries data.