Some 818 local authority bosses earn more than £100,000. In 2006 it was 645.
Council bosses enjoyed an average pay rise of 4.6 percent. The salaries of Human Resources directors in local government increased by 15 percent in 2007 – taking their average wage to £73,264.
The top 10 best-paid council officials for 2006-07 are:
- Northamptonshire: Peter Gould, chief executive, £215,000 (retired May 2007).
- City of Kingston-upon-Hull: Kim Ryley, chief executive, £213,162 (includes mileage of £1,557, subsistence of £2,466, election fee of £4,450, arrears for pay award of £10,888, and performance related pay of £9,000).
- Kensington and Chelsea: Derek Myers, town clerk and chief executive, £205,000.
- Northampton: Mairi Mclean, chief executive, £205,000 (includes undisclosed severance package and essential car user allowance of £511.50).
- Bexley: Nick Johnson, chief executive, £203,000 (includes bonus of £8,000, benefits and election duties of £11,000).
- Hertfordshire: Caroline Tapster, chief executive, £201,485 (includes expenses of £1,144.95).
- Ealing: Darra Singh, chief executive, £195,456
- Surrey: Dr Richard Shaw, chief executive, £195,330.
- Cambridgeshire: Ian Stewart, chief executive, £195,000.
- Westminster: Peter Rogers, chief executive, £195,000 (includes performance related pay of £35-40,000).