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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 Chief Executive's salary is £175,226

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 Strategic Directors:

  • Strategic Director, Children's Social Care and Lifelong Learning
  • Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance
  • Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth
  • Director of Public Health and Wellbeing
  • Strategic Director, Housing, Environment and Healthy Communities
  • Strategic Director, Integrated Adults and Social Care Services
  • Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

All Strategic Directors are paid on one pay band and have no further incremental advancement beyond the maximum of the band. The pay band is £104,129 to £124,600.

The Strategic Director, Housing, Environment and Healthy Communities receives a temporary additional responsibility allowance of 10% of basic salary for leading on the winding up of the ALMO and the significant transformation programme to redesign the service. The Strategic Director, Housing, Environment and Healthy Communities also receives an additional 10% of basic salary for the additional responsibilities associated with duties required of holding the post of Deputy Chief Executive.

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 and Wellbeing:

  • Service Director Public Health and Wellbeing (Consultant Public Health) (two posts)

Reporting to Strategic Director, Integrated Adults and Social Care Services:

  • Service Director, Adult Social Care
  • Service Director, Gateshead System

Reporting to Strategic Director, Children's Social Care and Life Long Learning

  • Deputy Strategic Director, Children's Social Care and Early Help
  • Service Director, Education, Schools and Inclusion

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

  • Service Director, Environment and Fleet Management
  • Service Director, Highways and Waste
  • Service Director, Housing Options and Localities
  • Service Director, Property and Assets
  • Service Director, Repairs and Maintenance
  • Service Director, Strategic Housing and Residential Growth
  • Service Director Community and voluntary sector (seconded from the Citizens Advice Bureau until 31 March 2023

Reporting to Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth:

  • Service Director, Business, Employment and Skills
  • Service Director, Climate Change, Planning, Transport and Regulation 
  • Service Director, Major Projects and Development

Reporting to Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance:

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

Reporting to Strategic Director, Resources and Digital:

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

Reporting to the Chief Executive:

  • Service Director, Office of the Chief Executive

Senior pay and contracts

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

Chief Officer Level 1

(Service Directors)

Salary band £84,384 to £103,129

Chief Officer Level 2

(Service Directors)

Salary band £69,369 to £84,780

Chief Officer Level 3

(Service Directors)

Salary Band £61,029 to £74,591

 

Job title

Pay scale (£)

Service Director, Office of the Chief Executive

60,000 to 65,000

Service Director, Highways and Waste

75,000 to 80,000

Service Director, Environment and Fleet Management

75,000 to 80,000

Service Director, Corporate Commissioning and Procurement

80,000 to 85,000

Service Director, Legal and Democratic Services

80,000 to 85,000

Service Director Public Health and Wellbeing (Consultant Public Health)

80,000 to 85,000

Director, Public Service Reform

80,000 to 85,000

Service Director Public Health and Wellbeing (Consultant Public Health)

80,000 to 85,000

Service Director, IT

80,000 to 85,000

Service Director, Business, Employment and Skills

80,000 to 85,000

Service Director, Housing, Compliance and Traded Services

95,000 to 100,000

Service Director, Human Resources and Workforce Development

95,000 to 100,000

Deputy Strategic Director, Children's Social Care

95,000 to 100,000

Service Director, Council Housing Design and Technical Services

100,000 to 105,000

Director of Property and Assets

100,000 to 105,000

Service Director, Financial Management

100,000 to 105,000

Service Director, Adult Social Care

100,000 to 105,000

Service Director, Education, Schools and Inclusion

100,000 to 105,000

Director of Quality Assurance and Commissioning (Gateshead System)

100,000 to 105,000

Service Director, Commercialisation and Improvement

100,000 to 105,000

Service Director, Customer Experience and Digital

100,000 to 105,000

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

100,000 to 105,000

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. Visit Gov.uk for the 2018-19 year information.
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