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Organisation structures and senior pay

Gateshead Council Chief Officers - top three levels 

Level one

The Council's 'Head of Paid Service' is its Chief Executive. The salary is £168,014.

Level two

The Corporate Management Team members report directly to the Chief Executive and comprise the Council's level two. They are commonly referred to as the Strategic Directors:

  • Strategic Director, Children, Adults & Families
  • Strategic Director, Housing, Environment & Healthy Communities
  • Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation & Growth
  • Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance
  • Strategic Director, Resources & Digital
  • Director of Public Health & Wellbeing


The Strategic Directors are all paid on the same pay band and have no further incremental advancement beyond the maximum of the band. The pay band is £99,844 - £119,472.

  • The Strategic Director, Children, Adults & Families receives a recruitment and retention payment of 15% of basic salary.

 

Level three

Level three comprises the senior managers generally referred to as Service Directors, who report directly to a member of Corporate Management Team. They are paid on one of three pay bands determined by Job Evaluation.

Reporting to Director of Public Health & Wellbeing:

  • Service Director Public Health & Wellbeing (Consultant Public Health) (2 posts)
     

Reporting to Strategic Director, Children, Adults & Families:

  • Deputy Strategic Director, Children's Social Care
  • Service Director, Adult Social Care
  • Service Director, Education, Schools & Inclusion
  • Director of Quality Assurance & Commissioning (Gateshead System) (this is a joint post with Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group)
     

Reporting to Strategic Director, Housing, Environment & Healthy Communities:

  • Service Director, Housing, Compliance & Traded Services
  • Service Director, Highways & Waste
  • Service Director, Environment & Fleet Management

 

Reporting to Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation & Growth:

  • Service Director, Business, Employment & Skills
  • Service Director, Planning, Policy, Climate Change & Strategic Transport
  • Service Director, Strategic Housing

 

Reporting to Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance:

  • Service Director, Legal and Democratic Services
  • Service Director, Human Resources and Workforce Development
  • Director, Public Service Reform
  • Service Director, Corporate Commissioning & Procurement
     

Reporting to Strategic Director, Resources & Digital:

  • Service Director, Financial Management
  • Service Director, Commercialisation & Improvement
  • Service Director, Customer Experience & Digital
  • Service Director, IT


Senior pay and contracts

  • Each of the 3 pay bands has five incremental steps as shown in the table below.
  • Bonuses are not payable.
  • All Chief Officers are permanent members of staff.

 

Chief Officer Level 1

(Service Directors)

Salary band £58,517 - £71,521

Chief Officer Level 2

(Service Directors)

Salary band £66,513 to £81,291

Chief Officer Level 3

(Service Directors)

Salary Band £80,910 to £98,884


 

Job title

Pay scale (£)

Service Director, Highways & Waste

65,000 - 70,000

Service Director, Environment & Fleet Management

65,000 - 70,000

Service Director, Corporate Commissioning & Procurement

70,000 - 75,000

Service Director, Legal & Democratic Services

70,000 - 75,000

Service Director Public Health & Wellbeing (Consultant Public Health)

75,000 - 80,000

Service Director Public Health & Wellbeing (Consultant Public Health)

80,000 - 85,000

Service Director, Housing, Compliance & Traded Services

80,000 - 85,000

Director, Public Services Reform

80,000 - 85,000

Service Director, Human Resources & Workforce Development

80,000 - 85,000

Service Director, IT

80,000 - 85,000

Service Director, Business, Employment & Skills

80,000 - 85,000

Deputy Strategic Director, Children's Social Care

85,000 - 90,000

Service Director, Financial Management

85,000 - 90,000

Service Director, Adult Social Care

90,000 - 95,000

Service Director, Education, Schools & Inclusion

95,000 - 100,000

Director of Quality Assurance & Commissioning (Gateshead System)

95,000 - 100,000

Service Director, Commercialisation & Improvement

95,000 - 100,000

Service Director, Customer Experience & Digital

95,000 - 100,000

Service Director, Planning, Policy, Climate Change & Strategic Transport

95,000 - 100,000

Service Director, Strategic Housing

95,000 - 100,000

 

Further information on pay and pay relativity

Based on salary information as of 31 March 2020:

  • The 'lowest to highest paid employee' ratio is 1:10
  • The median salary for full-time Gateshead Council employees, excluding overtime and any other additional payments, is £21,166.

 

Time off for Trade Union duties

  • The Council has a robust framework of policies, procedures and protocols for dealing with employment relationship matters, to which recognised Trade Unions are integral.
  • Employees of the Council who are Trade Union representatives have the legal right to reasonable paid time off to deal with employee relations issues affecting the Council and workforce, and for training in that role. They also have statutory rights to information to support free collective bargaining. They are not legally entitled to paid time off to conduct the affairs or activities of the Trade Union.
  • The definition of 'union representative' for the purpose of this document is an employee who has been elected or appointed in accordance with the rules of an independent trade union to be a representative of all or some of the union's members in the Council, where that union is recognised for collective bargaining purposes. This is intended to equate with the legal term 'trade union official'. The Council also uses terms such as 'convenor,' which is its own term for a union representative with workplace representation roles beyond their own Trade Union members.
  • Employees who are members of Trade Unions which are not recognised by the Council for the purposes of collective bargaining do have legal rights of representation on matters such as grievances and disciplinary cases. The information published below relates only to Trade Unions that have been recognised for collective bargaining purposes either in the Council's internal employee relations process and constitutions or who are recognised in National level collective bargaining bodies.
  • The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 require public authorities to publish information regarding time off for trade union officials. This information is detailed here for the 2018-19 year.

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