Top 11 officer salaries at Wirral Council

Who is paid what at Wirral Council?

Who is paid what at Wirral Council?

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AS several of Wirral Council’s chief officers make it into the latest TaxPayers’ Alliance Town Hall Rich List, we take a look at who is paid what at the local authority*. 

1. Graham Burgess, chief executive - £135,341

2. Clare Fish, strategic director of families and wellbeing - £121,807

3. Kevin Adderley, strategic director of regeneration and environment - £121,807

4. Joe Blott, strategic direvtor of transformation and resources - £121,807

5. Graham Hodkinson, director of adult social services - £107,206

6. Julia Hassall, director of children’s services - £104,385

7. David Armstrong, assistant chief executive and head of universal and infrastructure - £103,222

8. Fiona Johnstone, director of public health and head of policy and performance stone - £89,240

9. Vivienne Quayle, director of resources - £87,009

10. Mark Smith, head of environment and regulation - £84,637

11. Emma Degg, head of neighbourhoods and engagement - £84,637

*Figures are accurate as of April 1 2013 and show total projected pay in 2013/14. 

 

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11:45am Wed 6 Aug 14

hildebrand says...

how do the Police/Fire Brigade/NHS in Wirral compare?
how do the Police/Fire Brigade/NHS in Wirral compare? hildebrand
  • Score: 11

1:25pm Wed 6 Aug 14

tiprat says...

hildebrand wrote:
how do the Police/Fire Brigade/NHS in Wirral compare?
Surely you're not implying they are more important than the council executives?
[quote][p][bold]hildebrand[/bold] wrote: how do the Police/Fire Brigade/NHS in Wirral compare?[/p][/quote]Surely you're not implying they are more important than the council executives? tiprat
  • Score: 8

1:31pm Wed 6 Aug 14

hildebrand says...

I don't think I'm implying anything. It would be interesting to know how they compare though.
I don't think I'm implying anything. It would be interesting to know how they compare though. hildebrand
  • Score: 6

2:00pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Positive thinker says...

They probably earn every penny
They probably earn every penny Positive thinker
  • Score: -11

2:02pm Wed 6 Aug 14

JimmyMercury says...

I'll do any of those jobs for half that amount. Well I will once someone explains exactly what it is they do?
I'll do any of those jobs for half that amount. Well I will once someone explains exactly what it is they do? JimmyMercury
  • Score: 14

2:46pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Positive thinker says...

I'll do there jobs for half the cost!What a clown
I'll do there jobs for half the cost!What a clown Positive thinker
  • Score: -8

3:40pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Wirralrob says...

Regardless of which salaries "Wirral" Council or "Labour" Councils pay, the figures quoted are sadly true at all other councils for the same jobs - infact these can be balanced as market rate.

That said, they are ALL grossly overpaid, be it a Labour council in Wirral, or a Tory council in Hogsfordshire.
Regardless of which salaries "Wirral" Council or "Labour" Councils pay, the figures quoted are sadly true at all other councils for the same jobs - infact these can be balanced as market rate. That said, they are ALL grossly overpaid, be it a Labour council in Wirral, or a Tory council in Hogsfordshire. Wirralrob
  • Score: 15

3:42pm Wed 6 Aug 14

rover600 says...

Personally I would not pay them in washers! I'd truly love to oust the lot of them (except they'll all have invariably wangled nice juicy exit packages probably 4 or 5 times their annual salaries..

How about this: As each position becomes vacant a) evaluate whether it is absolutely necessary to fill the vacant position and b) advertise it with a cap of 50k, more than ample for any council employee, I'm sure the argument will still be spun that you have to pay the best to get the best, our problem is evidence to date says we pay more than the best salaries and yet those employed truly aren't worth half their salaries.

No one will convince me there are not individuals out there who are capable of doing these jobs who would not do them for 50K, tell you what round it up to 52k, £1,000 a week. I'm positive the application queue will be right around the block twice. A year on at worst we can say well they were rubbish too but it cost us only half as much to find out OR more likely it will be "Well, Well, we didn't believe it could happen but the proof has been in the pudding!"
Personally I would not pay them in washers! I'd truly love to oust the lot of them (except they'll all have invariably wangled nice juicy exit packages probably 4 or 5 times their annual salaries.. How about this: As each position becomes vacant a) evaluate whether it is absolutely necessary to fill the vacant position and b) advertise it with a cap of 50k, more than ample for any council employee, I'm sure the argument will still be spun that you have to pay the best to get the best, our problem is evidence to date says we pay more than the best salaries and yet those employed truly aren't worth half their salaries. No one will convince me there are not individuals out there who are capable of doing these jobs who would not do them for 50K, tell you what round it up to 52k, £1,000 a week. I'm positive the application queue will be right around the block twice. A year on at worst we can say well they were rubbish too but it cost us only half as much to find out OR more likely it will be "Well, Well, we didn't believe it could happen but the proof has been in the pudding!" rover600
  • Score: 12

3:48pm Wed 6 Aug 14

rover600 says...

Wirralrob wrote:
Regardless of which salaries "Wirral" Council or "Labour" Councils pay, the figures quoted are sadly true at all other councils for the same jobs - infact these can be balanced as market rate.

That said, they are ALL grossly overpaid, be it a Labour council in Wirral, or a Tory council in Hogsfordshire.
Just because other councils do the same does not mean we have to follow suit, this is the myth peddled by these over paid individuals. Let us break the mould and per my other post advertise the jobs at a cap of 50k per annum. Fine if some young go getters come in and do a great job then bugger off with their incredible CV's on to other councils to earn 'Superstar Salaries' good luck to them, it does not mean we have to waste our local revenues. Putting my suggestion into action would save the borough over 1/2 million, money that could be far better used within the community or in paying realistic wages those council employees on wages that barely cover their existence!
[quote][p][bold]Wirralrob[/bold] wrote: Regardless of which salaries "Wirral" Council or "Labour" Councils pay, the figures quoted are sadly true at all other councils for the same jobs - infact these can be balanced as market rate. That said, they are ALL grossly overpaid, be it a Labour council in Wirral, or a Tory council in Hogsfordshire.[/p][/quote]Just because other councils do the same does not mean we have to follow suit, this is the myth peddled by these over paid individuals. Let us break the mould and per my other post advertise the jobs at a cap of 50k per annum. Fine if some young go getters come in and do a great job then bugger off with their incredible CV's on to other councils to earn 'Superstar Salaries' good luck to them, it does not mean we have to waste our local revenues. Putting my suggestion into action would save the borough over 1/2 million, money that could be far better used within the community or in paying realistic wages those council employees on wages that barely cover their existence! rover600
  • Score: 11

7:34pm Wed 6 Aug 14

PaulCa says...

Love the way you've done a top ELEVEN.

Most commenters would do a top TEN and stop there, so well done.

Anyway, £84,637 divided by £48,000 = 1.763271 (which would equate to 207 days' pay). Not bad :))
Love the way you've done a top ELEVEN. Most commenters would do a top TEN and stop there, so well done. Anyway, £84,637 divided by £48,000 = 1.763271 (which would equate to 207 days' pay). Not bad :)) PaulCa
  • Score: 6

8:28pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Growl Tiger says...

Not wishing to decry this article, but the information was already out there on the WBC web site and is already a year out of date.

My fear is that it is drawing attention away from present date issues.
Not wishing to decry this article, but the information was already out there on the WBC web site and is already a year out of date. My fear is that it is drawing attention away from present date issues. Growl Tiger
  • Score: -3

8:58pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Lots of questions needs answering here. Why does a super dooper strategic director also need a director as well. My understanding was that when the super directors were put in place then we would lose the director and instead just have a head of service looking after everything on behalf of the super! Still with me? Ok.

Also why does the assistant chief exec earn less than some of the directors? And finally, how come the director of public health and head of policy and performance (one job) only earn a few grand more than the head of neighbourhoods and engagement when this is a much more difficult and responsible position.

Looks to me like this senior management team could definitely do with some tweaking as there is definitely plenty of duplication here.
Lots of questions needs answering here. Why does a super dooper strategic director also need a director as well. My understanding was that when the super directors were put in place then we would lose the director and instead just have a head of service looking after everything on behalf of the super! Still with me? Ok. Also why does the assistant chief exec earn less than some of the directors? And finally, how come the director of public health and head of policy and performance (one job) only earn a few grand more than the head of neighbourhoods and engagement when this is a much more difficult and responsible position. Looks to me like this senior management team could definitely do with some tweaking as there is definitely plenty of duplication here. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 9

10:19pm Wed 6 Aug 14

hobroW says...

I just do not believe they earn their money and I say that with experience of their ineptitude.

Again what precisely do they do?

They forget to obtain signatures to contracts or they spend their time sitting on benches at council meetiungs occasionally interjecting.

Is this the small price we pay for democracy that Mr Burgess must sit throughout full council meetings sagely nodding his head, or that he should appeart at a public meeting of the PIG and nervously adjust his tie? that he should swallow being called a liar at that meeting because he wants to be polite and continue collecting his cheques.

Who indeed are these people who have sagely sat through the revelation of multiple scandals of waste and ineptitude and like Uriah Heep have tugged their forelocks and collected their pay cheques.

Who are these people?
I just do not believe they earn their money and I say that with experience of their ineptitude. Again what precisely do they do? They forget to obtain signatures to contracts or they spend their time sitting on benches at council meetiungs occasionally interjecting. Is this the small price we pay for democracy that Mr Burgess must sit throughout full council meetings sagely nodding his head, or that he should appeart at a public meeting of the PIG and nervously adjust his tie? that he should swallow being called a liar at that meeting because he wants to be polite and continue collecting his cheques. Who indeed are these people who have sagely sat through the revelation of multiple scandals of waste and ineptitude and like Uriah Heep have tugged their forelocks and collected their pay cheques. Who are these people? hobroW
  • Score: 12

1:14pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Casey Jones01 says...

Nothing new here, all these are shown on the coucil website (plus a few others) - accurate at 1/4/13 - http://www.wirral.go
v.uk/my-services/cou
ncil-and-democracy/b
udgets-and-spending/
chief-officer-pay Will be interesting to see what the update is for 1/4/14
Nothing new here, all these are shown on the coucil website (plus a few others) - accurate at 1/4/13 - http://www.wirral.go v.uk/my-services/cou ncil-and-democracy/b udgets-and-spending/ chief-officer-pay Will be interesting to see what the update is for 1/4/14 Casey Jones01
  • Score: 3

10:27pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Hugo1008 says...

I have no problems with what salary they receive, I would just like to see that they are fully accountable for all the decisions they make.

No more special paying off to individuals who have failed to carry out their duties in the best interests of the Wirral Population. In the event they fail, or leave, resign, or be requested to go, they only are entitled to the same redundancy conditions meted out to the hundreds of ex employees under the employment protection conditions that happen to the lowest paid workers within W B C and nothing more.

I would also suggest that any salary above £60.000 pa is frozen for the next four years, and any cost of living increase there after is based on the national average weekly pay, and not a percentage of present pay increase. Until the Wirral Financial situation is balanced on an even keel.
I have no problems with what salary they receive, I would just like to see that they are fully accountable for all the decisions they make. No more special paying off to individuals who have failed to carry out their duties in the best interests of the Wirral Population. In the event they fail, or leave, resign, or be requested to go, they only are entitled to the same redundancy conditions meted out to the hundreds of ex employees under the employment protection conditions that happen to the lowest paid workers within W B C and nothing more. I would also suggest that any salary above £60.000 pa is frozen for the next four years, and any cost of living increase there after is based on the national average weekly pay, and not a percentage of present pay increase. Until the Wirral Financial situation is balanced on an even keel. Hugo1008
  • Score: 2

2:00pm Sun 10 Aug 14

ordinary personn says...

From what I hear I’d bet big money that some of the people at Jobcentreplus will think that 122K is a bargain to get rid of the golf playing, fag smoking, Everton supporting, ever popular Mr Adderley.
From what I hear I’d bet big money that some of the people at Jobcentreplus will think that 122K is a bargain to get rid of the golf playing, fag smoking, Everton supporting, ever popular Mr Adderley. ordinary personn
  • Score: -2

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