Pay Policy

There is a requirement under the Localism Act 2011 for the Council to publish a pay policy and to review it annually. The policy sets out the pay and remuneration schemes in place and sets the criteria for the forthcoming year.

This policy aims to provide Uttlesford District Council (UDC) managers and employees with clear guidance on how these policies will be managed and maintained in the workplace.

The contents of the policy and the application of them will be reviewed and approved on an annual basis by Council to ensure a consistent and fair approach to the remuneration of staff at all levels. Staff will only be paid in accordance with the conditions outlined in this document.

The Icon for pdf Annual Pay Policy Statement for 2018/19 [160.57KB] was approved by Council on 22 February 2018.

Average salaries

Based on staffing levels at the time of issuing this policy, from April 2018 the approximate average salary for all 'Green Book' salaried employees will be £23,579 and the median salary will be £23,398. Based on staffing levels at the time of issuing this policy, in 2018/19 the average salary for Chief Officers will be £75,862 and the median will be £66,660.

Living Wage

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the "Minimum Income Standard" for the UK.

In January 2015, The Living Wage Foundation accredited Uttlesford District Council as a Living Wage Employer.  The Living Wage commitment will see that everyone working at UDC, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers, receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.36 (significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £7.50 at the time of issuing this policy and £7.83 from April 2018).

Due to the introduction of the Living Wage our employees start on at least Grade 3, which in 2018/19 will be £18,070 FTE.


Additional information

► National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates