The facts demonstrate that Gwynedd Council is not an overly-generous employer in relation to senior management when compared to other Councils and other public sector employers. However, we do need to maintain reasonable levels of pay, to honour contractual commitments and adhere to the Council's pay policy. The senior management costs per head in Gwynedd remain lower than most authorities in Wales.
The pay policy endorsed by the Council for 2012/13 has not changed since 2009 - however deferring the uprating of pay to the 2009 benchmark levels any longer would have only increased the cumulative problem for future years and created retention and recruitment problems in the interim. All in all, we've had to bite the bullet and move on.
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