Decision Maker: Human Resources Committee
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Pay Policy Statement 2020/2021
Note – The Director of Strategy, Innovation and Resources, the Legal, Governance and Democratic Services Specialist (Solicitor and Deputy Monitoring Officer) and the Acting HR Lead Specialist declared personal interests in this item by virtue of the fact they were officers of the Council and their roles were referenced within the report. They remained in the meeting during discussion and voting on the item, although with no voting rights as officers of the Council.
The Acting HR Lead Specialist presented the report on the Pay Policy Statement 2020/2021. He explained that the policy provided transparency with regard to the Council’s approach to setting the pay of its employees and detailed in particular the pay of senior management. He explained that the Pay Policy Statement would be included in the budget report for Council at its meeting on 25 February 2020.
The Acting HR Lead Specialist informed Members that the National Joint Council pay agreement for 2020 onwards had not been finalised. However, it was assumed that the pay award would be in line with previous years at 2% and once finalised a further report, detailing any changes, would be provided.
In further presenting the report the Acting HR Lead Specialist drew Members’ attention to Statutory Officer Remuneration in particular the change, from April 2020, in payment of the allowances to the Returning Officer and Deputy Returning Officer which would change to an allowance of 10% of standard salary and 5% of standard salary respectively. He went on to highlight the Pension Contribution and Pay Analysis sections within the report, in particular details of the median salary and lowest paid employees which included the rate for apprentices which was above the national apprenticeship rate of pay.
The Acting HR Lead Specialist informed Members that at the meeting of the Joint Consultative Panel a number of verbal recommendations had been made for inclusion in the Pay Policy Statement 2020/2021, prior to recommendation to Full Council for approval. The recommendations included: a further explanation regarding the Chief Executive remuneration; overall remuneration; pension contributions; and clarity regarding average pay.
The Acting HR Lead Specialist responded to questions raised by Members and the Director of Strategy, Innovation and Resources provided clarity regarding the Statutory Officer Remuneration and informed Members that the Statutory Officer roles carried additional personal responsibility.
RESOLVED – That the Pay Policy Statement 2020/2021 be recommended to Full Council for approval.
Report author: Charles Officer
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Date of decision: 11/02/2020
Decided at meeting: 11/02/2020 - Human Resources Committee