Pay Policy

The Localism Act 2011 requires us to publish a pay policy and to review it annually. The policy sets out the pay and remuneration schemes in place for all employees for the year.

This document aims to provide our managers and employees with clear guidance on how our policies should be managed and maintained in the workplace.


We review and republish the document on an annual basis to ensure that we take a consistent and fair approach to how we pay staff at all levels. 


The Pay Policy was approved by Council on 21 February 2019.


Average salaries

Based on staffing levels at the time of issuing this policy, from April 2018 the approximate average salary for all 'Green Book' salaried employees will be £26,899 and the median salary will be £24,657.


Due to the introduction of the Living Wage our employees start on at least Grade 3, which in 2019/20 will be £19,554 FTE.


Based on staffing levels at the time of issuing this policy, in 2019/20 the average salary for Chief Officers will be £68,027 and the median will be £69,023.


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 £10.13 (significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £7.83 at the time of issuing this policy and £8.21 from April 2019).



As an apprentice we will pay you at least the Apprentice National Minimum Wage. The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.90 per hour.


Additional information

► National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates