Pay cut plan for top officer

By Richard Wright

Monday, January 6, 2014

 

UPDATED 16:48*

THE top officer at the Isle of Wight Council has agreed a salary cut of nearly *£12,379 as part of swingeing cuts in senior management costs.

Dave Burbage, managing director and strategic director of resources, currently fills the role of head of paid service.

The council’s employment committee, which meets on Monday, January 13, is recommended to approve extending the current arrangement until April 1, 2015, but reduce the salary.

The wage would be cut from £123,500, including Employer's National Insurance contibutions to £111,121.

The measure is part of £28 million savings the council has to make over the next three years. Further savings, including further cuts to its senior management structure, have been put forward.

The proposed senior officer set-up would cut the total full-time equivalent posts from 14.6 to 9.4, with a reduction in middle management too, which could save £600,000 next year.

The committee is also asked to endorse the current use of so-called "zero hours" contracts as a further way of saving cash by filling vacancies temporarily.

A report by deputy director of resources Davina Fiore said: "It is clear that some organisations appear to be abusing the use of such contracts to guarantee the availability of staff for work, but the Isle of Wight Council does not operate casual or relief contracts in such a way and the worker is always able to turn down an offer of work should they choose not to accept."

*Mr Burbage told the County Press: "The council faces a very significant financial challenge and it is only right that it reviews its staffing.

"The council has made significant savings in senior management costs and will continue to do so.

"This proposal and those for senior management reflect the reality of the financial situation, as well as the dedication and commitment of the senior management of the council to lead from the front and take on additional duties at reduced salaries."

*It was initially reported the cut would be nearly £24,000. This was due to information in the Isle of Wight Council employment committee report.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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