Organisation structures and senior pay
Gateshead Council Chief Officers - top three levels
The Council's 'Head of Paid Service' is its Chief Executive. The salary is £161,490.
The Strategy Group members report directly to the Chief Executive and comprise the Council's Level Two. They are commonly referred to as the Strategic Directors:
- Assistant Chief Executive,Policy, Economic Growth and Transformation
- 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 £94,074 - £112, 569.
- The Director of Public Health, reports directly to the Chief Executive but is not a full member of Strategy Group, 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 comprises the senior managers generally referred to as Service Directors, who report directly to a member of Strategy Group. 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 Assistant Chief Executive:
- Service Director, Economic and Housing Growth (400)
- Service Director, Policy, Transformation & Communications (400)
Reporting to Director of Public Health:
- Consultant in Public Health (400)
Reporting to Strategic Director, Care, Wellbeing and Learning:
- Service Director, Adult Care Commissioning and Business Development (400)
- Service Director, Adult Social Care & Independent Living (460)
- Service Director, Children and Family Support (350)
- Service Director, Children's Commissioning (400)
- Service Director, Learning and Schools (460)
- Service Director, Social Work: Children and Families (460)
Reporting to Strategic Director, Communities and Environment:
- Service Director, Commissioning and Business Development (Communities and Environment) (460)
- Service Director, Construction Services (350)
- Service Director, Council Housing, Design and Technical Services (400)
- Service Director, Culture, Communities and Volunteering (460)
- Service Director, Development and Public Protection (400)
- Service Director, Facilities Management, Leisure and Transport Services (400)
- Service Director, Transport Strategy (350)
- Service Director, Waste Services and Grounds Maintenance (400)
Reporting to Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance:
- Service Director, Corporate Commissioning and Procurement (350)
- Service Director, Legal, Democratic and Property Services ( 460)
- Service Director, Human Resources and Litigation (460)
Reporting to Strategic Director, Corporate Resources:
- Deputy Strategic Director, Corporate Finance (460)
- Service Director, Customer and Financial Services (400)
- Service Director, ICT Services (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,15 have achieved the maximum salary point of their band, and 8 have not.
- Bonuses are not payable and the Lease Car Scheme (benefit) has been withdrawn from all Chief Officers.
- All Chief Officers are permanent members of staff.
Chief Officer 350
Salary band £55,135- £67,388
Chief Officers 400
Salary band £62,669 - £76,594
Chief Officer 460
Salary Band £76,234 -£ 93,170
An outline of the main duties and responsibilities of the Chief Officers above is available on the council structure overview page.
- A further two Council employees are on salaries in excess of £50,000 p.a. In each case they have been in roles that would previously have been regarded as Level 3 but who have been moved into other roles with pay protection for a limited period, and/or who are under notice of redundancy.
|Service Director Children and Families Support||55,000-60,000|
|Assistant Corporate Property Officer||55,000-60,000|
|Service Director Construction||65,000-70,000|
|Service Director Corporate Commissioning||65,000-70,000|
|Service Director Transport Strategy||65,000-70,000|
|Service Director Economic & Housing Growth||60,000-65,000|
|Service Director Children's Commissioning||65,000-70,000|
|Service Director Policy, Planning & Performance||65,000-70,000|
|Consultant in Public Health||65,000-70,000|
|Lead Manager Adult Social Care||65,000-70,000|
|Service Director Commissioning and Business||70,000-75,000|
|Service Director Facilities and Transport||70,000-75,000|
|Service Director Waste Services and Grounds Maintenance||70,000-75,000|
|Service Director Customer and Financial Services||75,000-80,000|
|Service Director Litigation, Elections and Registrars||75,000-80,000|
|Service Director Property and Design||75,000-80,000|
|Service Director Development and Public Protection||75,000-80,000|
|Service Director ICT||75,000-80,000|
|Service Director Learning and Schools||80,000-85,000|
|Deputy Strategic Director Corporate Finance||80,000-85,000|
|Service Director Children and Families||80,000-85,000|
|Service Director Legal, Democratic and Property Services||85,000-90,000|
|Service Director Human Resources and Organisational Development||90,000-95,000|
|Service Director Culture, Communities & Volunteering||90,000-95,000|
|Service Director Commissioning and Business||90,000-95,000|
|Service Director Adult Social care and Independent Living||90,000-95,000|
|Director Public Health||90,000-95,000|
Further information on pay and pay relativity
The 'lowest to highest paid employee' ratio is marginally below 1:12
The median salary for full-time Gateshead Council employees, excluding overtime and any other additional payments, is £21,385.
There is a ratio of 1:7.4 for the median to highest paid employee.
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:
- 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).