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 £161,490.

Level two

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

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

(Service Directors)

Salary band £55,135- £67,388

Chief Officers 400

(Service Directors)

Salary band £62,669 - £76,594

Chief Officer 460

(Service Directors)

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 Support55,000-60,000
Assistant Corporate   Property Officer55,000-60,000
Service Director Construction65,000-70,000
Service Director   Corporate Commissioning65,000-70,000
Service Director   Transport Strategy65,000-70,000
Service Director   Economic & Housing Growth60,000-65,000
Service Director   Children's Commissioning65,000-70,000
Service Director Policy, Planning & Performance65,000-70,000
Consultant in Public   Health65,000-70,000
Lead Manager Adult   Social Care65,000-70,000
Service Director   Commissioning and Business70,000-75,000
Service Director   Facilities and Transport70,000-75,000
Service Director Waste   Services and Grounds Maintenance70,000-75,000
Service Director   Customer and Financial Services75,000-80,000
Service Director   Litigation, Elections and Registrars75,000-80,000
Service Director   Property and Design75,000-80,000
Service Director   Development and Public Protection75,000-80,000
Service Director ICT75,000-80,000
Service Director   Learning and Schools80,000-85,000
Deputy Strategic   Director Corporate Finance80,000-85,000
Service Director   Children and Families80,000-85,000
Service Director Legal, Democratic and Property Services85,000-90,000
Service Director Human   Resources and Organisational Development90,000-95,000
Service Director   Culture, Communities & Volunteering90,000-95,000
Service Director   Commissioning and Business90,000-95,000
Service Director Adult   Social care and Independent Living90,000-95,000
Director Public Health90,000-95,000

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:
    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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