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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 £164,720.

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, Care, Wellbeing and Learning
  • Strategic Director, Communities and Environment
  • Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance
  • Strategic Director, Corporate Resources

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 £97,886 - £117,129:

  • The Strategic Director, Care Wellbeing & Learning receives a recruitment and retention payment of 15% of basic salary.
  • The Director of Public Health, reports directly to the Chief Executive but is not a full member of Corporate Management Team, and is paid on the same scale as the Council's Service Directors on the '460' Pay Band. (See below for detail of pay bands).

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. The bands relate to Job Evaluation scores of 460, 400, and 350 points.

Reporting to the Chief Executive:

  • Service Director, Policy, Performance & Communications (460)

Reporting to Director of Public Health:

  • Consultant in Public Health (400) (3 posts)

Reporting to Strategic Director, Care, Wellbeing and Learning:

  • Service Director, Adult Social Care (460)
  • Service Director, Early Help (400)
  • Service Director, Learning and Schools (460)
  • Service Director, Social Work: Children and Families (460)
  • Director of Joint Commissioning, Performance & Quality (460) (this is a joint post with Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group)

Reporting to Strategic Director, Communities and Environment:

  • Service Director, Commissioning and Neighbourhoods (460)
  • Service Director, Council Housing, Design and Technical Services (460)
  • Service Director, Development, Transport & Public Protection (460)
  • Service Director, Street Scene (400)
  • Service Director, Economic Development (400)

Reporting to Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance:

  • Service Director, Legal and Democratic Services (460)
  • Service Director, Human Resources and Workforce Development (400)
  • Director, Public Services Reform (400)
  • Service Director, Corporate Commissioning and Procurement (350)

Reporting to Strategic Director, Corporate Resources:

  • Deputy Strategic Director, Corporate Finance (460)
  • Service Director, Trading and Commercialisation (460)
  • Service Director, Customer and Financial Services (400)
  • Service Director, ICT (400)

Senior pay and contracts

  • Each of the 3 pay bands has five incremental steps as shown in the table below. Of the Chief Officers above, 16 have achieved the maximum salary point of their band, and 6 have not. 
  • Bonuses are not payable All Chief Officers are permanent members of staff.


Chief Officer 350

(Service Directors)

Salary band £57,369 to £70,118

Chief Officers 400

(Service Directors)

Salary band £65,208 to £79,697

Chief Officer 460

(Service Directors)

Salary Band £79,323 to £96,945


Job titlePay scale (£)
Service Director, Corporate Commissioning & Procurement70,000 - 75,000
Consultant in Public Health75,000 - 80,000
Director, Public Services Reform75,000 - 80,000
Service Director, Early Help75,000 - 80,000
Service Director, Economic Development75,000 - 80,000
Service Director, Customer and Financial Services75,000 - 80,000
Service Director, ICT75,000 - 80,000
Service Director, Human Resources & Workforce Development75,000 - 80,000
Service Director, Social Work - Children and Families85,000 - 90,000
Service Director, Adult Social Care85,000 - 90,000
Service Director, Council Housing, Design & Technical Services85,000 - 90,000
Director Public Health90,000 - 95,000
Service Director, Policy, Performance & Communications90,000 - 95,000
Service Director, Street Scene95,000 - 100,000
Service Director, Development, Transport & Public Protection95,000 - 100,000
Service Director, Commissioning & Neighbourhoods95,000 - 100,000
Deputy Strategic Director, Corporate Finance95,000 - 100,000
Service Director, Trading & Commercialisation95,000 - 100,000
Service Director, Legal & Democratic Services95,000 - 100,000
Service Director, Learning and Schools95,000 - 100,000

Further information on pay and pay relativity

Based on salary information as of 31 March 2018:

  • 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 £26,470.


Time off for Trade Union duties

  • The Council has established 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.
  • Not all accredited union representatives are fully active in their accredited role as shop steward, and there is no comprehensive system for recording ad hoc time spent on representing or providing guidance in individual cases. Some elements of the information published are therefore estimates. Time off for training is not included.
  • The estimates relate to the 12 month period up to  31 December 2014
  • Recognised Trade Unions
  • Total Number of accredited TU reps
    45 (total for all recognised Trade Unions)
  • Total Number of  TU reps who spend more than 50% of their time on union business
    4 x full time convenors
    2x half time convenors
  • FTE number of Trade Union reps who spend more than 50% of their time on union business:
    5 FTE
  • Total FTE cost (at average pay): Mean Average Pay £24,632 of senior reps x 7 FTE = £172,424
  • Relative cost (FTE cost as % of paybill): 0.00014338% of the total annual paybill
  • Additionally, there is one Full Time Union Learning Representative who does not act as a shop steward  and is 100% externally funded (by Bridges To Learning).

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