Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Management Pay Review Agreed

Committee agrees below one per cent increase after three year freeze

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Appointments and Remuneration Committee have supported proposals to increase pay for staff earning over £28,000. But at less than the one per cent increase agreed nationally for 2013/14 for the significant majority of Council staff and other public servants like doctors, nurses, the armed forces and civil servants.

The Council reviews and sets pay locally for staff on its management band pay scales.  This includes more than 1,000 staff such as senior social workers, children centre managers and engineers working in frontline services.

All staff at Cambridgeshire County Council have had pay frozen for three years. Unlike other public sector workers and lower paid Council staff, those staff employed on the Council’s management band have also had any progression up their individual pay scales frozen.

The cross-party Committee of Councillors supported a proposal put forward by the Chief Executive for management band pay, up to head of service, to receive a 0.8 per cent cost of living pay rise – but below the one per cent for other staff. The freeze on progression up pay scales will continue. This will cost the Council £321,000.

The Committee, which met yesterday, Monday, then agreed that the 16 higher paid members of the Corporate Leadership Team should be given a 0.5 per cent cost of living rise – costing the Council £6,000 in total. Increment pay would also continue to be frozen.  This follows three years of no cost of living increases and no pay progression.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Steve Count, who chaired the meeting, said: “There was a full debate of the issues. The Committee had to balance the tough financial times the Council and the country is facing against the need to retain staff who are working hard in often high pressure frontline roles. Members backed proposals for increases but less than the one per cent that the rest of the Council employees and other public servants and healthcare workers are receiving.”