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Pay multiple

Transparency Code Metadata (Pay Multiple)

Dataset Name/Title

Pay Multiple

Organisation Code

Why we publish this type of data/information

Under Section 38 of the Localism Act 2011 Councils are encouraged to produce Pay Policy Statements which include their policy on pay dispersion, which is the relationship between remuneration of chief officers and the remuneration of other staff.  This is called the Pay Multiple.   

As part of our ongoing commitment to increase openness and transparency we publish details of our Pay Multiple in our Pay Policy Statement.

The Pay Multiple is defined as the ratio between the highest paid taxable earnings for the given year, at a specified point in time (including base salary, variable pay, bonuses, allowances and the cash value of any benefits-in-kind) and the median earnings figure of the whole of our authority's workforce.

Other related information

The Pay Policy Statement sets out our approach to pay policy in accordance with the requirements of Section 38 of the Localism Act 2011.  The purpose of the statement is to provide transparency with regard to our approach to setting the pay of its employees by identifying;

  • the methods by which salaries of all employees are determined;
  • the detail and level of remuneration of its most senior staff i.e. 'chief officers', as defined by the relevant legislation; 
  • the Committee(s) responsible for ensuring the provisions set out in this statement are applied consistently throughout the Council and recommending any amendments to the full Council.
  • the relationship between the salaries of the Council's 'chief officers' and other employees.
  • the new structure of the Council

What information is included in this data?

The measure of 'Pay Multiple':

  • covers all elements of remuneration that can be valued (e.g. all taxable earnings for the given year, including base salary, variable pay, bonuses, allowances and the cash value of any benefits-in-kind)
  • uses the median earnings figure as the denominator, which should be that of all employees of the local authority on a fixed date each year, coinciding with reporting at the end of the financial year

What information is not included in this data?

The measure excludes changes in pension benefits.  This is due to their variety and complexity which cannot be accurately included in a pay multiple disclosure.


This data is provided under the terms of the Open Government Licence

How often do we publish this data?

Annually - We aim to provide this data within a month from the start of the new financial year (democratic processes permitting).  

What data systems do we use?

The data system used to generate the payroll information contained within the Pay Policy Statement is Frontier Software chris21 payroll system.

What does each column mean?

Not Applicable – this information is provided within the body of the Pay Policy Statement.

Future plans for this data

Consideration will be given to use

What data have we removed?

Not applicable

What formats is the data available in?

  • .odt – this is an OpenDocument format
  • .pdf – which can be used as an easy to read document

Open Standards Level of this data

Open data star rating

How to ask for more information

If you would like any further information relating to our Pay Multiple, please contact us providing as much information as possible.

Contact Details

Jane McDonnell: