Public sector pay up for debate
city council’s accounts reveal the salaries of the authority’s top earners.
It shows that the seven leading officers between them earned just under £1 million in salaries and pension contributions last year.
City Council leader Marco Cereste has defended the salaries pointing out that they are in line with the salaries paid to senior figures in other similar authorities up and down the country.
But the revelation comes as the country braces itself for an emergency budget tomorrow which promises to bring the spending axe to the public sector as well as many other areas.
Recent studies show that remuneration levels are generally much higher in the public sector than in many similar areas of the private sector.
The challenges facing the city council’s leading executives will be tougher than they have ever been. A reduction in Government income will be inevitable given the financial crisis the country is facing, but services will need to be maintained.
The authority has already been going through a transformation process aimed at achieving this, and councillor Cereste points out that in many areas of its work the council, under the guidance of senior management, has achieved a great deal.
But in the future the cost of public sector pensions, particularly those of the top earners, as well as salaries must be questioned.
The use of consultants alongside the expertise of highly paid senior executives must also come under close scrutiny. Cost effectiveness will be the watchword for all local authorities and this will also have to apply to the top levels of management.