Local Government Earnings Survey 2014/15

The survey collects details of individual local government posts; the results are based on around 850,000 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.

Key findings

The basic local government paybill in England and Wales (excluding teachers) was £21.5 billion for the financial year 2014/15.

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 £22.2 billion.

The total gross paybill fell by 4.6 per cent between 2013/14 and 2014/16, a real terms fall of 2.8 per cent.


The latest published outputs from the Local Government Earnings Survey 2014/15 can be found below:

Summary report

A summary report of the outputs from the Earnings Survey 2014/15. 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.


Demographic feedback

This provides a detailed demographic breakdown of respondents' workforce broken down 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 2014/15.

Benchmarking in LG Inform

Where councils have agreed to it, identifiable data has been made available in LG Inform covering some of the metrics found in the Earnings Survey along with data from the Local Government Workforce Survey.

To see a report of this data in LG Inform, please see: LG Inform workforce and earnings report
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