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Pay & Rewards Post: Chief Executives

Pay & Rewards Post: Chief Executives

Chief Executives’ 2024 Pay Claim

ALACE, representing council chief executives has submitted a pay claim for 2024.

ALACE 2024 pay claim- 19 Feb 2024

The claim seeks:

  • a pay increase for all chief executives in April 2024 and subsequent years that is the same as the percentage increase for the top point on the scale for local government staff covered by the National Joint Council for Local Government Services.
  • a direct and immutable link for increases for April 2024 onwards, to ensure that chief executives would receive the same percentage increase as the top point on the NJC scale.
  • the potential need to review the provision that the leave allowance for chief executives is a minimum of 30 days (inclusive of any long service leave, extra statutory and local holidays). If the 2024 pay deal for NJC staff involves any further increase in annual leave, we would expect to see a matching increase in the minimum leave allowance for chief executives.

Chief Executives’ Pay Award 2023

Agreement was reached on the 2023 pay award for local authority Chief Executives, covering the period 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024. The details are set out in the below circular:

Chf Exec Pay 01Apr23

Chief Executive’s Handbook

The current version of the Handbook for Chief Executives of Local Authorities is available here:-

Chief Executive Handbook

Chief Executive Appraisal – Independent Facilitation Service

East Midlands Councils supports the appraisal process for Chief Executives.  We can help with the development of a process and/or independently facilitate the appraisal process.  Our approach is in line with best practice and reflects the national guidance set out in the Chief Executive’s Handbook.  We tailor the service and advice a process for each organisation, and many councils use and value our support.  For further information, please contact Sam Maher, Director of HR & Councillor Development at