Pay policy statement

Pay structure

Based on the application of the job evaluation process, we use the nationally negotiated pay spine (further details can be found in Appendix 1) as the basis for our local grading structure. This determines the salaries of the large majority of the workforce, together with other nationally defined rates where relevant. We remain committed to adherence with national pay bargaining in respect of the national pay spine and any annual cost of living increases negotiated in the pay spine.

The National Joint Council pay spine was last increased in April 2016 by 1% and an additional flat rate payment of between £900 and £200 between spinal columns 6 to 16 and is part of a two year agreement. In April 2017 there will be a further 1% increase and an additional flat rate payment of between £500 and £225 in line with spinal columns 6 to 17 and is part of a two year agreement. Prior to this the last increase in the national pay spine was January 2015.

All other pay related allowances are the subject of either nationally or locally negotiated rates, having been determined from time to time in accordance with collective bargaining machinery and/or as determined by council policy. In determining the grading structure and setting remuneration levels for all posts, we take account the need to ensure value for money in respect of the use of public expenditure, balanced against the need to recruit and retain employees who are able to meet the requirements of providing high quality services to the community, delivered effectively and efficiently and at times at which those services are required.

New appointments will normally be made at the minimum of the relevant grade, although this can be varied where necessary to secure the best candidate. From time to time it may be necessary to take account of the external pay market in order to attract and retain employees with particular experience, skills and capacity. Where necessary, we will ensure the requirement for such is objectively justified by reference to clear and transparent evidence of relevant market comparators, using appropriate data sources available from within and outside the local government sector.