Pay and allowances

Salary scales

Our current salary scale tables below were agreed nationally by the relevant pay organisations, or locally by the Council.

The scales are arranged in incremental points and new employees usually start at the lowest point of the scale. If performance is satisfactory, employees normally receive an increment (rise) on 1 April each year until they reach the highest point in the scale.


If a job was advertised as having a salary of ‘£16,348 - £17,333 (SS Grade 5)’, the grade for the post would be single status grade 5. New employees would very likely start at £16,348 a year for for this job.

‘Pro rata’ means the salary will be paid ‘in proportion’ to the amount of time you actually work. For example, if you were contracted to work half the hours of a full-time post per year, the starting salary of £16,348 would be divided by 2 to get your annual pay.

Single status

The national Single Status Agreement was made between trade unions and local government in 1997 to harmonise pay for all Council staff. It has led to the introduction of new local pay scales. We’re transferring staff paid on the old National pay and grading structure (NJC) to the local scales on a phased basis.

Allowances for working outside normal hours

People working outside normal hours may be entitled to more money:

Senior council officers and councillors

Structure Chart
Corporate structure chart – March 2016.

Senior employees – CSV format
Pay and responsibilities of senior employees – 2015-16.

Senior employees – Excel format
Pay and responsibilities of senior employees – 2015-16.

Employee remuneration
Count of employee remuneration of £50K and over.

Councillors’ allowances paid
Councillors are paid an annual allowance, and expenses for things like special responsibilities, travel and phones.

Pay policy statement

Our annual pay policy statement explains the pay arrangements and conditions of service for our different staff groups.

It particularly compares the pay arrangements for chief officers with those of the wider workforce.

We show the relationship between the highest paid employee and the median average earnings of the rest of the non-schools workforce as a ratio called the pay multiple, and we publish this annually on 31 March. Details of the pay multiple since 2011 can be found below.

Pay and reward strategy

This strategy sets out the Council’s key approaches to pay and reward for our employees. This policy applies to all employees of the Council, including employees in community maintained and voluntary controlled schools.