There were at least 2,441 council employees who received total remuneration in excess of £100,000. That's 135 more than in 2016-17.
607 council employees earned over £150,000.
- A total of 28 local authority employees received remuneration in excess of a quarter of a million pounds in 2017-18.
- The local authority with the greatest number of employees receiving remuneration in excess of £100,000 was Essex council with 55 employees in total earning over this amount. Essex also had the highest number of employees earning over £150,000 at 13.
The TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) presents the Twelfth Town Hall Rich List, the only comprehensive list of its kind, with council-by-council breakdown. Praised in the past by politicians from across different political parties, it is the go-to guide for local government executive pay deals. It details the full remuneration and many of the names of all local council employees whose remuneration exceeds £100,000.
Many senior managers at local authorities have performed well in tough financial times. There are many reports of residents seeing no difference in the services they receive despite the necessary savings being made. However, the Town Hall Rich List also showcases the executives who have overseen failing departments, or received bumper pay-offs after poor performance in the job.
The research is a vital tool for taxpayers wanting to judge which authorities are delivering the best value for money.