A new pay structure for senior officers, not including the Chief Executive, in Ceredigion County Council was approved in a council meeting on 23 January 2019. The new pay structure was introduced to reflect new duties after a restructure of the council’s workforce.

The new pay structure assimilates senior officers with the most appropriate pay scale as they are taking on more responsibilities. Despite these changes, the new pay structure has made salary savings of £241,000 compared to senior staffing costs in October 2016.

Although the savings are significant, the main aim of the new structure of senior officers is to make sure that there is enough officer capacity and capability to meet the council’s current and future priorities. The restructure has seen an even further reduction in senior officer roles.

An independent expert was appointed to carry out role evaluations of the senior posts to make sure that responsibilities are clearly defined. The evaluations make sure that the roles and functions are shared equally between all posts and staff are paid at an appropriate level. The role evaluations from the independent expert led to an increase in pay for three senior officers. The new pay structure was approved by the Independent Remuneration Panel.

The Deputy Leader of the council and the Cabinet Member responsible for People and Organisation, Councillor Ray Quant MBE said, “We have a talented and dedicated group of staff within the council, including senior officers. It is only right that we get the pay structure for respective responsibilities set appropriately.”

“The process of setting a new pay structure has been totally independent. An independent expert was appointed to carry out the role evaluations, and the Independent Remuneration Panel approved the findings of the evaluation.”