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Star date: 17th April 2018

ASSISTANT DIRECTORS TO GET HUGE PAY RISES

Cash-strapped Salford City Council is to give huge pay rises to senior officers after a 'job evaluation exercise' moved them well up the pay scale. It follows the resignation of the Director of Finance and Corporate Business, and spreading the majority of his salary amongst other re-titled roles.

The Salford Star believes the officers are in line to share around £54,000 between them.

Full details here...


When Salford Council's £102,000 a year Director of Finance and Corporate Business resigned recently, his post was deleted and the Council claimed a saving of £48,000 Ė which beggars the question of what was happening to the other £54,000.

Now, minutes from the Council's Workforce Panel show that most of the cash is being spread in the form of pay rises to other senior officers, or "those posts with a
significant shift in focus, changes to key responsibilities and/or a wider remit..."

According to the Panel's minutes, a new role of Assistant Director, Education, Work and Skills will be upgraded to a salary in the band of £77,863 - £85,651, while an Assistant Director, People and Communities will be upgraded to a salary band of £68,130 - £74,944.

The minutes don't state what these roles were titled before, nor what the previous salaries were; but the Star believes the pay rises could be in the region of £15,000, with possibly more rises to come for other senior officers who have taken on 'wider remits'.

Salford Council claims that getting rid of many of its top-heavy chiefs has made significant savings... "£850,800 will have been achieved due to reductions in senior management at Assistant Director and above since June 2014" the Workforce Panel report states. What it doesn't state, is the huge rise in salaries for those who are left.

Last year, for instance, six of Salford Council's highest paid officers got massive pay rises, including the Strategic Director of Children's and Adult's Services who got a rise of over £12,000; from £127,316 in 2015/16 to £139,853 in 2016/17; and the Director of Public Health who got a pay rise of almost £10,000; from £107,504 in 2015/16, to £117,324 in 2016/17 (for full details see previous Salford Star article - click here).

In many cases, it's the well heeled senior officers who recommend cuts for front line services, such as closing the five local authority nurseries.

Jim Taylor, the City Director, or Chief Executive, was the highest paid employee at the Council in 2016/17, trousering £187,503, including pension and £7,677 electoral duties. Watch this space to see if he pockets a further pay rise pending a 'wider remit'...

Noreen bailey wrote
at 05:48:40 on 20 April 2018
i cant believe that we have been firstly fostercarers and then adult carers which we still are we have not had a pay rise since before 2010 not even a cost of living rise i have met with the mayor who has still not done anything so our senior councilors are more important than adult carers who dont even get holliday allowences we only get paid for 8 hours and our job i can assure you is 24/7 so i will not let this rest so fed up of always being at end of que we have been fostering leeding onto adult carers for well over 30 years and we dont meen anything to our councils

Arnold Rimmer wrote
at 08:58:35 on 18 April 2018
How many people is this money split between, as you don't say except for the odd few. If it's 25 people that's 54,000/25= £2160 a year each. So not much of a rise really. And @Mike Kelly, they won't have the capacity but will be asked to do the work anyway for a tenth of the previous post holder got paid as well as their current job. Impossible task and will just result in increased sick leave through stress and poorer quality work. So far none of the council cuts have actually been efficiency savings as it's not an efficiency saving if you get rid of staff and therefore the number of working days available. It just means less work is done in total. Efficiency would be making savings whilst keeping the same workload.

Phil wrote
at 07:08:12 on 18 April 2018
What's the BIG DEAL, it's only an extra three hundred quid a week. It'll allow them to probably get a buy to let mortgage on a new build and like a good little squirrel store a few nuts away for when Winter comes and times' re hard. God bless 'em, that's what Municipal Socialism's all about.

Mike Kelly wrote
at 17:39:53 on 17 April 2018
In most cases "taking on a wider remit" means passing on the work to staff working underneath them.If an Officer has the capacity to take on a wider remit It assumes they were not working to their utmost previously.Its a classic case of jobs for the boys (or girls).Its sad to see that all savings are not placed into providing front line services rather than filling the pockets of the already well paid.

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