Number of council employees earning more than £100k up by 76 per cent

The number of Southwark council employees earning more than £100,000 has increased by 76 per cent since last year, according to new data.

Figures from the Town Hall Rich List, published by campaign group the TaxPayers’ Alliance, shows 46 Southwark council employees earned more than £100,000 between 2022 and 2023, up from 26 the year before.

The top three jobs paying the most were the Strategic Director of Housing and Modernisation, on £199,413, the Strategic Director of Environment and Leisure, earning £199,320 and the Strategic Director of Finance, also receiving £199,320.

Southwark had the third highest number of employees earning more than £100,000 compared to all other local authorities in the UK. 

Westminster came top with 60 members exceeding the benchmark salary, an increase of 20 per cent, followed by Greenwich with 47 – a 34 per cent increase.

Data showed Lambeth council had 35 employees earning more than £100,000, compared to 36 the year before. 

The Town Hall Rich List for 2024 marks the 17th edition of the TaxPayers’ Alliance research, which was first compiled in 2007.

Across the UK, the figures show the number of council employees receiving more than £100,000 has risen to the highest level since 2013-14.

At the same time, the campaign group highlighted a 5.1 per cent council tax rise for the average property owner in 2024-25.

A spokeswoman from Southwark council said: “The headline numbers in isolation are misleading. The rankings created by the TPA do not take the size of councils into account so some much smaller councils have higher percentages, and some councils have only submitted values for salaries over £150,000, so it does not compare like for like.

The overall budget for running the council exceeds £1billion and its staff are responsible for serving more than 315,000 residents, managing 54,000 council houses, and helping to regenerate the borough for the good of all its residents.

“Salaries are independently reviewed and in line with the private sector.”

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