20/01/2015

Ceredigion best in Wales at narrowing pay gap

Ceredigion Council can be fairly proud of the progress made in narrowing the pay gap between its lowest and highest paid workers. 

Since the last local government elections in 2012 the Council has removed its three lowest pay bands, with a fourth due to follow in May. At the same time, a deliberate restructuring has ensured that the wage bill for senior officers has fallen considerably.

The latest figures show that Ceredigion Council now has the smallest difference in the whole of Wales (and undoubtedly beyond) between its lowest paid staff and that of the Chief Executive. Ceredigion’s ratio is 1:8.4, whereas some neighbouring authorities are at 1:12 or even higher. 

Looking at the table below, one party clearly emerges as taking the issue of reducing the pay gap the most seriously. This is no accident. The present Ceredigion leadership is mindful of the Spirit Level campaign which has shown that more equal societies have far better economic, health and general well-being outcomes. 

The intention is to make further progress towards the Living Wage, although this is not easy at a time of unprecedented austerity from the Westminster government. The continuing austerity agenda was supported by all the main parties in the recent House of Commons vote and, to compound this, the Welsh Government has subjected Ceredigion to the largest percentage cut of any of the Welsh Councils.

Despite this, Ceredigion is evidently helping to provide a small local counter-balance to the prevailing economic trend of growing social inequality.

7 comments:

  1. You mean 1:8.4 (not 1:84).

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  2. Tip - Do a spell check before a screen shot to get rid of the underlinings.

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  3. Diolch i chi hefyd! The intention is that this piece will be absolutely perfect by election day.

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  4. I was just reading this and I read somewhere that Ceredigion got the lowest average wages in Wales, is that true? Is that why there is less of a gap?

    I've read that people in other counties that do the same job get paid more for doing the same job in the council.

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  5. Anonymous:
    The latest figures I've seen for 2014 on the Stats Wales website say that Ceredigion has the joint 6th lowest wages in Wales. Anyway, the Council's relatively narrow pay ratio compared to other authorities isn't about that. It's simply the result of political decisions taken to raise the wages of the lowest paid workers and to limit those of the most senior officers. I'd personally like to see the gap narrow further still but, in the current climate of central government austerity, it's almost impossible to raise wages much further without cutting important services, so a balance has to be struck.

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  6. Hey keep posting such good and meaningful articles.

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