Top Earners Picking Up More Than £60,000 A Year Soars

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?

“As we serve the public and they pay for services delivered by the council, it is important that the council is transparent in explaining the reasons for what is a large increase in those earning top salaries.” 

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