Pay and Benefits
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) operates locally determined pay, terms and conditions. The pay and benefits for employee at Head of Service level and above, are established or amended by a group of elected Members known as the Employment Panel.
The remuneration of the Managing Director and Executive Directors are shown in detail as at the end of the 2017/18 financial year. All other pay information and salary bandings for Assistant Directors, Heads of Service and above are detailed as at August 2018.
The transparency data reflects Royal Borough employees earning £50,000 per year.
Job Evaluation and salary benchmarking
Decisions are made by evaluating the content of each job using locally set criteria. Senior salaries are then benchmarked against other national and local positions before arriving at a specific salary banding, taking into account factors such as the competitiveness of the market for the role.
Pay and pensions
The remuneration package is made up of a salary and contractual enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
The regulations governing the pension scheme across England and Wales are set by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Governments.
Employees make contributions into the pension fund of between 5.5% and 12.5% of pensionable pay based on 9 salary bands, as set out in scheme regulations. The contribution percentage a scheme member pays is determined by how much they are expected to earn in a scheme year and includes all the salary, wages, and fees received including overtime payments. The scheme employer also makes a contribution to the pension fund at an actuarially agreed rate. The current employer contribution rate payable by Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in respect of the LGPS is 14.3% of pensionable pay.
Teachers belong to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme which currently pays an employer contribution of 16.48% of pensionable payroll.
The council's expenses policy applies to all employees regardless of salary and covers items such as reimbursement for travel expenses. Mileage payments are based on the HMRC rates. Some employees are entitled to overtime payments and specific allowances in lieu of overtime relating to working in the evening or shift work.
The Managing Director also undertakes the role of the Council's Returning Officer, appointed for this role under the Representation of the People Act 1983. The Returning Officer is eligible for fees linked to duties undertaken for running national, European or local elections/referenda. These fees are determined by the number of electors registered in the borough/parliamentary constituency and are determined by a formula operated by the Government for determining fees to all Returning Officers across the country.