Rotherham Council plans higher salaries for new managers due to ‘negative publicity’ of grooming scandal

Riverside House, headquarters of Rotherham Council. Pic: Asadour Guzelian
Riverside House, headquarters of Rotherham Council. Pic: Asadour Guzelian
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New senior managers joining Rotherham Council could be offered higher salaries because of the ‘negative publicity’ surrounding the authority.

The council’s staffing committee has been recommended to approve plans to pay incoming managers up to 25 per cent more than normal at a meeting today, Friday.

Phil Howe, director of human resources, said the additional pay may be needed to attract suitable candidates following the child sexual exploitation scandal.

His report said that following the departure of a number of senior managers, permanent replacements will soon be recruited.

The committee have been advised to keep remuneration for this management level at its current £113,384 per year at the council, which is making £23m cuts this year.

But the report added: “Due to the recent negative publicity surrounding the council, it may be necessary to consider awarding additional financial incentives to attract suitable applicants to senior managerial positions in Rotherham.

“Should it be identified that a market supplement is necessary, it is proposed an additional payment of up to 25 per cent of the annual salary and other payments could be applied.”

It said if the 25 per cent increase proves ‘insufficient’, the staffing committee would be asked to consider a further report.

The report added the £160,000 salary for a new chief executive may need to be increased ‘to attract an appropriately experienced and capable’ candidate.