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Government and Local Staff Pay Scales

Living wage, recruitment and retention issues and options to address implications.  This report relates to the work on staff pay undertaken by officers following the South East Employers (SEE) report on benchmarking and other pay issues.  The SEE report shows that for some posts the Council is paying below the average paid by comparable authorities.  Some services and posts are particularly affected by this and this can impact on staff recruitment and retention, especially at professional officer level.  The committee report will also address the impact of the new mandatory National Living Wage (£7.20 per hour for staff aged over 25 from 1st April 2016, increasing to a minimum of £9 per hour by 2020) as it is applied over the next 5 years both in cost terms and how it will affect the Council’s grading structure.


Cabinet is asked to recommend to Council a comprehensive review of pay scales.


The Public are likely to be excluded from any discussion at which this report is considered on the grounds that it is likely that there would be a disclosure to the public of ‘exempt information’ of the description specified in Paragraph 4 (Information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated     consultations or negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of, or office holders under, the authority) of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 04/04/2016

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - View reasons

Decision due: 6 Sep 2016 by Cabinet

Contact: Mrs Jane Dodsworth, Director of Residents' Services Email:


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