Senior Council Staff Could Get Pay Rise

Senior Council staff could be in line for pay rises.

ScillyToday has learned that Councillors are set to discuss increasing the basic salaries of the highest paid officers.

Members will discuss the issue during a report on staff recruitment and retention tomorrow night.

It’s two years since the controversial pay hike for the Town Hall’s top earners and this meeting is the latest in a series on the issue which is still not resolved.

Whilst members have conceded that the last pay rises can’t be reversed, the discretionary £4500 market factor supplement remains in place even though market conditions have changed significantly during the economic downturn.

Chairman Mike Hicks has said he wants it removed.

We won’t be able to report on the discussions over further salary boosts tomorrow as the Council is meeting in secret session and the public and media will be asked to leave.

Although Councillors can’t discuss the issue outside the meeting we have been told at least three will demand a recorded vote and that means that we’ll be able to tell you how every Councillor voted.


6 Responses to Senior Council Staff Could Get Pay Rise

  1. Milo April 18, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I wonder what percentage of chief officer time over the last two years has been spent moaning and meeting about their pay?

    Is that money well spent?

    Every project seems like fail after fail. If you want to apply mainland rates to it then fine, let’s also apply mainland criteria for hiring and firing of senior staff. Produce the goods or grab your P45.

  2. Cassandra April 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    It is one of life’s many mysteries that Islanders are so astonishingly patient at times when they ought to be very angry. A critical mass of righteous fury is missing; I cannot understand why.

  3. Mike Brown April 17, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Beggars belief.
    Are we seeing a repeat of 2010 when they grabbed 18% just seconds before Cameron shut the stable door!

    Isn’t £87,000pa enough for the chief exec?

    Councillors please remember he was the chairman of the Route Partnership which after eight long years failed to get a £62,000,000 investment to secure the future of the islands link to the mainland.

  4. Cassandra April 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I just can’t believe it’s even being discussed in the current circumstances. One of the Council’s own advisers described the Local Authority jobs market as having virtually disappeared so I would urge Councillors to do the decent thing and throw it out.

  5. Todd Stevens April 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Pay rise? Oh please!- noone out here in the real world are getting pay rises- where pay is on performance. If the top officers were paid on performance their pay would go down for their failures. Route Partnership-failed. Waste managment-failed. Porthcressa regeneration organisation-failed. etc etc etc.

  6. Cassandra April 16, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Councillors – please, please stop this, it’s utterly unsustainable.