Stroud District Council staff pay figures released
DETAILS of how much public money goes to the wages of Stroud District Council employees have been released.
The local authority has published a summary of its payroll in line with new requirements set out by central government in the Localism Act 2011.
It shows that the lowest paid permanent employees of the council are their five apprentices, earning a salary of £9,581 while the highest earner, chief executive David Hagg, is taking home £108,609 as of February 1, 2013.
Per hour, the apprentices make £4.98, which is well above the minimum stipulated by central government of £2.65 an hour for apprentices.
In the fair pay policy and senior appointment committee report detailing pay given, the council stated that talks would be held with trade unions and staff about adopting the living wage policy of £7.45. Currently eight staff are below that rate.
The gap in pay between the highest and lowest earners is calculated at a 1:11 ratio, which is well under the Government’s requirement that public pay should not exceed a 1:20 ratio.
Leader of Stroud District Council Cllr Geoff Wheeler said: "We agree that paying a living wage is more preferable than the minimum wage, hence over the next few months we will be investigating how we can implement such a policy."
As well as his salary, Mr Hagg has a taxable allowance of £1,996 for car mileage, which has not increased since July, 2001.
The four strategic heads, such as head of customer services, earn salaries of £66,783 for their work while the nine heads of services, such as planning and housing, take home £50,724 a year.
The head of finance, Sandra Cowley, earns an extra £10,000 and the head of corporate resources, Alison Sharpe, £5,000 for additional duties and responsibilities they undertake.
Stroud District Council senior staff, including Mr Hagg, can also receive election fees for their work as election officers in the various ballots held in the district.