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Pay Policy

There is a requirement under the Localism Act 2011 for the Council to publish a pay policy and to review it annually. The policy sets out the pay and remuneration schemes in place and sets the criteria for the forthcoming year.

This policy aims to provide managers and employees with clear guidance on how these policies will be managed and maintained in the workplace.

The contents of the policy and the application of them will be reviewed and approved on an annual basis by Council to ensure a consistent and fair approach to the remuneration of staff at all levels. Staff will only be paid in accordance with the conditions outlined in this document.

The pdf icon Annual Pay Policy Statement for 2017/18 [377kb] was approved by Council on 23 February 2017.

Pay multiple

The pay multiple is the ratio between the highest paid salary and the median salary of the whole of the authority's workforce. It is the council's policy that the salary range for the role of Chief Executive will normally be no greater than eight times the average salary of a Scale 1 'Green Book' employee.

It is the council's policy that the salary range for the role of Director will normally be no greater than six times the average salary of a Scale 1 'Green Book' employee.

It is the council's policy that the salary range for the role of Statutory Officer will normally be no greater than five and a half times the average salary of a Scale 1 'Green Book' employee.

It is the council's policy that the salary range for the role of Assistant Director will normally be no greater than five times the average salary of a Scale 1 'Green Book' employee.

All starting salaries commence at Scale 2 so all requirements are met.

All annual salaries are paid pro rata to part time working officers based on the number of hours they are contracted to work.

*Living Wage

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the "Minimum Income Standard" for the UK.

In January 2015, The Living Wage Foundation accredited Uttlesford District Council as a Living Wage Employer.  The Living Wage commitment will see that everyone working at UDC, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 (significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70).

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