MD2329 Pay award for 2018-19 for the GLA’s statutory officers

Type of decision: 
Mayoral decision
Code: 
MD2329
Date signed: 
31 July 2018
Decision by: 
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Executive summary

This decision form asks the Mayor to agree to a pay award of 2% for 2018-19 for the GLA’s Head of Paid Service and Executive Director of Resources as statutory officers, noting that:

• It is a joint decision with the Assembly and that the Assembly agreed the award at its meeting on 19 July 2018;
• The Head of Paid Service has agreed a 2018-19 pay award for GLA staff which is set at 3% for Grades 1 to 6 and at 2% for Grades 7 and above;
• The Mayor has agreed (via MD2067) that the equivalent staff pay award – 2% in this case – will be automatically applied to the Mayor’s 13 GLA staff appointees throughout this Mayoral term;
• The substantive pay of the other statutory officer – the Monitoring Officer – is settled through the staff pay award; and
• In accordance with the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) recommendation adopted by the then Mayor (via MD493) and Assembly in 2009, the local government pay settlement of 2% for 2018-19 will be automatically applied to the pay of the Mayor and Assembly Members.

Decision

That the Mayor, noting that it is a joint decision with the Assembly, confirms that a pay award of 2% for 2018-19 should be made to the GLA’s Head of Paid Service and Executive Director of Resources as statutory officers.

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

The Head of Paid Service, following receipt of a pay claim from Unison, has agreed that staff in the GLA should receive the following pay award:

• 3% for staff on Grades 1 to 6; and
• 2% for staff on Grades 7 and above.

The Mayor and Assembly have been consulted on this proposal. The Assembly considered its response at the 17 July 2018 meeting of its GLA Oversight Committee.

The Head of Paid Service took account of the desirability of weighting the pay award towards the lowest grades, including women and BAME staff; comparison with local government, central government and functional body pay settlements; and affordability.

Objectives and expected outcomes

The Mayor and Assembly must determine the pay award for the GLA’s statutory officers in line with Sections 72, 73 and 127 of the GLA Act (as amended), noting that the substantive pay of the Monitoring Officer is settled through the senior staff pay award.

The table below sets out the pay awards to GLA staff, including statutory officers, and to the Mayor and Assembly Members since 2011.

Other considerations

The Mayor and Assembly must determine the pay award for the GLA’s statutory officers in line with Sections 72, 73 and 127 of the GLA Act (as amended), noting that the substantive pay of the Monitoring Officer is settled through the senior staff pay award.

 

The table below sets out the pay awards to GLA staff, including statutory officers, and to the Mayor and Assembly Members since 2011.

 

Year

GLA

Comment

NJC figure

Mayoral

appointments

2017/18

• 3% for Grades 1-5 

• 2% for grades 6-10

• 1% for Grades 11 +

 

In response to tapered claim from Unison

1%

1%

2016/17

 

2% for Grade 1-5

1.5% for Grade 6-8

1% for Grade 9-15

 

In response to tapered claim from Unison.

1%

1%

2014/15 &

2015/16

2.2%

15-month award covering 1 January 2015 to 31 March 2016

2.2% (1 January 2015 – 31 March 2016)

2.2%

2013/14

1% plus non-consolidated amounts

2.5% grades 1-4

2% grades 5-7

1.5% grades 8-10 & 1% grades 11. 

Only 1% added to pay scales the remainder paid as a one-off payment.

1%

1%

2012/13

Nil

 

Nil

Nil

2011/12

4% for grade 1-3, 0% for all other grades

 

Nil

Nil

 

The then Mayor (via MD493) and Assembly agreed the SSRB recommendations in 2009 that pay increases for the Mayor and Assembly Members should mirror future local government pay awards. The 2% local government settlement will therefore be applied to the Mayor’s and Assembly Members’ pay for 2018-19.

 

In addition, the Mayor has agreed (via MD2067) that the senior GLA staff pay award will be automatically applied to the Mayor’s 13 GLA staff appointees throughout this Mayoral term.

 

The pay award will be processed in the September 2018 payroll.

Financial comments

A 2% pay award for 2018-19 for the Mayor, Assembly Members and all GLA staff has been built into the GLA budget for 2018-19.

The award of 3% for Grades 1 to 6 would cost an additional £67,000 in 2018-19. That sum can be met from existing contingencies.


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