The number of senior Caerphilly Council officials and school staff including teachers earning more than £60,000 a year - £1,153 a week – has jumped by more than 31% in the past 12 months.
Figures in the council’s accounts for 2020-21 have revealed that 120 people now earn above £60,000 a year – compared to 91 in the previous financial year. Ninety of the 120 are school-based staff.
Five individuals earned more than £100,000 a year - up from just one in 2019-20. Four council directors, including the chief executive, earned above £126,000 annually.
Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the opposition Plaid Cymru group, said: “I must say I was surprised - and I think the public will be – to learn about the increase in the number of school and non-school based staff earning above £60,000.
“I intend writing to the acting chief executive to find out the reasons for the 31% rise in top salaries. Is it, for instance, down to pay rises, restructuring or maybe some other reason?