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 2022-23, 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 following the creation of the shared Chief Executive post across both Waverley and Guildford Borough Councils (as referred to in Section 5.2 of the Statement). This structure comprised three Directors reporting to the Joint Chief Executive, and Service Leaders reporting to either Directors or Heads of Service. As the Joint Chief Executive was employed by Waverley Borough Council, the Pay Policy Statement did not include data for this post and reference to the deleted Managing Director post had been removed.
Councillors noted that the Council would continue to pay at the Real Living Wage for outside London, which was currently £9.90 per hour, at the bottom of the pay scale. This would aid recruitment difficulties in attracting and retaining key staff.
Upon the motion of the Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Julia McShane, seconded by the Lead Councillor for Resources, Councillor Tim Anderson, the Council
RESOLVED: That the Pay Policy Statement for the 2022-23 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.