According to GMB, Trafford’s Chief Executive was paid an annualised salary of £170,000 last year, which makes her one of the lower paid chief execs in the North West. But it’s hard not to agree with the GMB’s view that the pay levels for senior directors in local government have become unsupportable.
It’s not just that the ethos of public service is degraded by such pay levels, it’s the extent to which the pay of chief executives has pulled the wage levels of others at the next level up in their wake. There are many brilliant managers in local government but we still seem to supplement through the constant use of consultants.
I’m pleased the GMB have raised this. We’ll have to see whether councils are brave enough to take the issue on.
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