Under Section 39 of the Localism Act 2011, the Council was required to consider and approve a pay policy statement for the financial year ahead and publish it on its website. The Council therefore considered the Pay Policy Statement covering 2021-22, which had set out the elements of pay and other benefits paid to staff and in particular the most senior employees.
The Pay Policy Statement reflected the current Senior Management structure during the Future Guildford transformation programme, which comprised three Directors reporting to the Managing Director and Service Leaders reporting to either the Managing Director, Directors or Heads of Service. Councillors noted that the Council would continue to pay at the Real Living Wage for outside London, which was currently £9.50 per hour, at the bottom of the pay scale. This would aid recruitment difficulties in attracting and retaining key staff.
The Council also noted that, under section 11 of the Statement - Remuneration policies common to all employees, the provision of a subsidised catering facility had been removed. This facility was no longer offered as remote staff working arrangements had reduced the need for the facility and vending machine options would replace this.
Upon the motion of the Leader of the Council, Councillor Joss Bigmore, seconded by the Lead Councillor for Resources, Councillor Tim Anderson, the Council
RESOLVED: That the Pay Policy Statement for the 2021-22 financial year, attached at Appendix 1 to the report submitted to the Council, be approved.
To comply with the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 (Section 39) and associated guidance.