Council offers senior managers performance pay

Senior managers at Newcastle council, including social services
director Tom Dervin, will be able to boost their earnings with the
introduction of a new performance related pay scheme,
writes Derren Hayes.

Senior managers, who currently have a top salary of
£79,467, will now receive £92,124 if they attain high
levels of performance. Their basic salary will remain the same, but
they can earn 15 per cent more by hitting corporate and strategic

The council says managers’ performance will be judged by
“all the methods of local government scrutiny including results in
joint reviews”.

The scheme has been brought in to retain and recruit higher
quality managers, and “compete with the market rate”, council chief
executive Ian Stratford said.

Dervin, social services director at Newcastle since 1998,
welcomed the move.

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