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Pay Increases

Requested on
Thu 9th February, 2012
Reference
FOI 1691
Resolution
Information provided

Question

I would like to request the following information.
1. The % change in pay which the council has assumed in its budget planning for 2012-13. I am interested in the figure related to the annual pay rise (or freeze) decided through National Joint Council negotiations.
2. The financial cost of above change.
3. Any NJC-linked change in pay, in % terms, which the council has assumed in its budget planning for later years, but only if assumptions for later have been made.
4. The financial cost of above changes.
5. If the council is opted out of the NJC pay structure, please indicate any budget assumptions the council has made for cost of living pay changes for 2012-13 and later years.
6. The salary of your highest paid employee; the salary of your lowest paid employee (excluding and including apprentices); the mean average salary of all non-school staff; and the median average salary of all non-school staff.
7. Whether the council has included or intends to include a pay multiple in the pay policy required by section 40 of the Localism Act and, if so, what that pay multiple is.
8. If the council has set a pay multiple at which it would like to aim, as per paragraph 20 of DCLG’s guidance on pay policies, and what that aspirational pay multiple is.
9. Whether the pay multiples in your pay policies use the median or mean salary of staff.
10. Whether the pay multiple will or won’t include schools staff.

Answer

1.       The % change in pay which the council has assumed in its budget planning for 2012-13. I am interested in the figure related to the annual pay rise (or freeze) decided through National Joint Council negotiations.  Nil
2.       The financial cost of above change.  None
3.       Any NJC-linked change in pay, in % terms, which the council has assumed in its budget planning for later years, but only if assumptions for later have been made.  2% increase in both 2013/14 and 2014/15
4.       The financial cost of above changes. £230k each year. 
5.       If the council is opted out of the NJC pay structure, please indicate any budget assumptions the council has made for cost of living pay changes for 2012-13 and later years.  N/A
6.       The salary of your highest paid employee; the salary of your lowest paid employee (excluding and including apprentices); the mean average salary of all non-school staff; and the median average salary of all non-school staff.  £114k, £12k, Mean£21.8k, Median £20.9k
7.       Whether the council has included or intends to include a pay multiple in the pay policy required by section 40 of the Localism Act and, if so, what that pay multiple is.  The 'pay multiple' - the ratio between the highest paid salary (JNC E, spinal point 90) and the median average salary of the Council’s workforce is 4.8. 
8.       If the council has set a pay multiple at which it would like to aim, as per paragraph 20 of DCLG’s guidance on pay policies, and what that aspirational pay multiple is.   The Council has not set an aspirational pay multiple as its grades are determined through the Hay Job Evaluation scheme.
9.       Whether the pay multiples in your pay policies use the median or mean salary of staff.   The Pay Policy uses the median salary of staff as detailed in the Hutton Report.
10.     Whether the pay multiple will or won’t include schools staff."  N/a - Charnwood Borough Council do not employ school staff.  Leicestershire County Council is responsible for education within Charnwood.

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