More coun­cil staff earn­ing six fig­ures

If peo­ple have con­cerns about the re­mu­ner­a­tion of staff, they should raise those con­cerns with the CEO of the rel­e­vant lo­cal gov­ern­ment. In the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate, the pub­lic ex­pects re­straint from all sec­tors in re­la­tion to salaries and al­lowances.

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

AL­MOST twice as many coun­cil em­ploy­ees are paid salaries of $100,000 or more in the eastern sub­urbs com­pared to five years ago.

A com­par­i­son of three lo­cal gov­ern­ment an­nual re­ports re­vealed 110 se­nior staff across the Cities of Swan and Kalamunda and Mun­dar­ing Shire re­ceived a six-digit in­come in 2016-2017.

The City of Kalamunda more than dou­bled the num­ber of em­ploy­ees paid at least $100,000 from 13 to 29 be­tween 2011-2012 and 2016-2017, with the high­est in­crease at the bot­tom of the salary range be­tween $100,000 and $130,000.

“This re­flects those po­si­tions that have crept up into the $100,000 bracket due to an­nu­alised in­creases over five years,” a City of Kalamunda spokes­woman said.

“Also, statu­tory su­per­an­nu­a­tion has in­creased from 9 per cent to 9.5 per cent in the re­spec­tive pe­ri­ods.

“When you omit the three lower salary brack­ets for 2016/17, the num­bers are com­pa­ra­ble.”

The Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics last year recorded record low growth in pri­vate­sec­tor wages in WA.

Coun­cil em­ploy­ees are paid ac­cord­ing to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment In­dus­tries Award (LGIA) 2010 and pay rates change from July 1 each year based on the CPI in­crease.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers are paid in line with the Salaries and Al­lowances Tri­bunal for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Elected Mem­bers.

Salaries for CEOs at the three coun­cils ranged from $259,000 to $299,999 in 20162017.

By com­par­i­son, Deputy Pre­mier Roger Cook has a re­mu­ner­a­tion pack­age of $302,878 and MPs have a base in­come of $156,536 per an­num.

The City of Kalamunda spokes­woman said po­si­tions paid above $100,000 are man­age­rial roles and se­nior tech­ni­cal pro­fes­sion­als with sub­stan­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

“All salaries have been bench­marked to ex­ter­nal re­mu­ner­a­tion data­bases to en­sure the City pays at the ap­pro­pri­ate level for the em­ployee’s skills and ex­pe­ri­ence, and also con­sid­ers that we are able to at­tract suf­fi­ciently skilled per­sons in the mar­ket with­out pay­ing a pre­mium.”

Coun­cils must record the num­ber of em­ploy­ees paid $100,000 or more in their an­nual re­ports, which are pub­lished on­line and avail­able from lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fices.

– David Tem­ple­man

Em­ploy­ees at the City of Kalamunda are en­ti­tled to 50 per cent off gym mem­ber­ship at Hart­field Park Re­cre­ation Cen­tre and Kalamunda Wa­ter Park.

They may also con­trib­ute up to 6 per cent su­per­an­nu­a­tion from their salary, which the City will match in ad­di­tion to their 9.5 per cent su­per­an­nu­a­tion.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man said coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tives set lo­cal gov­ern­ment salaries and elected mem­bers ap­proved coun­cils’ op­er­a­tional bud­gets.

“If peo­ple have con­cerns about the re­mu­ner­a­tion of staff, they should raise those con­cerns with the CEO of the rel­e­vant lo­cal gov­ern­ment,” he said.

“In the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate, the pub­lic ex­pects re­straint from all sec­tors in re­la­tion to salaries and al­lowances.”

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