The Local Government Earnings Survey 2011/12 provides paybill and average pay rate information for all local government employees (excluding teachers). Chief Executives and Chief Officers were included in the survey for the first time in 2011/12. Overall, 206 of the 375 local authorities in England and Wales responded (55 per cent).
The survey collects details of individual local government posts; the results presented below are based on around a million posts. This not only improves the quality of the data but enables us to produce robust estimates of pay by occupational groups.
The data were weighted and grossed to take into account non-response by region and type of authority.
The basic local government paybill in England and Wales (excluding teachers) was £23.9 billion for the financial year 2011/12.
The total gross paybill, which comprises the basic paybill plus all additional pay elements (which, for example, includes overtime, shift premium pay, bonus and incentive payments) was £24.9 billion.
The total gross paybill fell by 5.2 per cent (from £26.3 billion in 2010/11), a real terms fall of 9.7 per cent.
The latest published outputs from the Local Government Earnings Survey 2011/12 can be found below:
A summary report of the outputs from the Earnings Survey 2011/12. This includes key findings and summary data on paybill and pay rates.
Paybill and pay rates
This provides a breakdown of grossed paybill and pay rates by region, authority type, gender and full-time/part-time working.
Observed pay rates
This provides a detailed breakdown of observed occupational pay rates by region and type of authority. Please note that all occupational data presented here is representative of the outputs of our coding process and is intended only is indicative of pay rates. The FTE and post-count levels contained within are intended as base rates only and are not exhaustive.
This provides a detailed demographic breakdown of each respondent authority's workforce and allows comparison by region and type of authority.
LGS Spinal Column Point Distribution
This provides the distribution of the local government workforce by Local Government Services spinal column point (or equivalent salary band) for the year 2011/12.
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11 December 2012