The latest edition of the town hall "Rich List" has revealed the number of local authorities that have increased the number of highly-paid staff on their payrolls.
Figures from the TaxPayer's Alliance have shown that more than 2,500 town hall staff were paid over £100,000 last year.
Despite a fall in the number earning six figure salaries, more than 100 councils have increased the number of people employed on that level, the campaign group said.
The ten employees with the highest remuneration across the UK in 2011/12, according to the report:
- Kent's Katherine Kerswell, whose total remuneration was £589,165 including £420,000 compensation for loss of office and £29,359 in employer pension contributions
- South Lanarkshire's Linda Hardie, whose total remuneration was £543,538 including £106,570 for loss of office and £427,209 in pension contributions
- Glasgow's Thomas McDonald, whose £520,590 total remuneration included £80,437 in compensation for loss of office and £342,957 in pension contributions
- William Docherty, of Glasgow Council subsidiary company City Building (Glasgow) LLP, whose £485,698 total remuneration included £148,761 for loss of office, £13,940 in other payments and £203,314 in pension contributions
- Steven Kelly of City Building (Glasgow) LLP, whose £481,166 remuneration included £150,092 compensation for loss of office, £11,770 in other payments and £234,067 in pension contributions
- Reading's Anna Wright, whose £392,878 package included £119,650 for loss of office and £153,249 in pension contributions
- Gateshead's Roger Kelly, who retired, received a £391,405 package including £171,190 in pension contributions and £26,200 in other payments
- East Sussex's Sean Nolan, whose £389,880 total remuneration included £128,191 for loss of office and £107,672 in pension contributions
- Glasgow's Robert Booth, whose £382,789 total remuneration included £109,282 for loss of office and £171,929 in pension contributions
- Glasgow's Kenneth Harkness, whose £371,610 total includes £214,826 in pension contributions and £70,996 for loss of office
The authorities which the campaign group said had 20 or more than 20 employees on six-figure pay deals:
- Camden, with 40 employees earning more than £100,000
- Essex, 36
- Wandsworth, 33
- Barnet, 28
- Hampshire, 28
- Cheshire West and Chester, 27
- Glasgow, 27
- Westminster, 27
- Birmingham, 24
- Greater London Authority, 24
- Croydon, 23
- Durham, 22
- Newham, 22
- City of Edinburgh, 21
- Kent, 21
- Islington, 20
An Essex County Council spokeswoman defended the authority's record and said it needed "talented and engaged individuals".
Essex County Council is one of the largest local authorities in the country with an annual budget of over £2 billion.
In addition to this it is currently running one of the largest and most challenging transformation programmes in the country and has delivered savings of more than £364 million over the past four years. This makes it a large and complex organisation to manage requiring talented and engaged individuals to be employed