Employee Salary

Information on employee salaries, including pay scales, officer pay policy and recognition that we are a Living Wage employer


  • Information on salaries and how they are worked out
  • Living Wage

Employees working for Colchester Borough Council will be paid a basic salary that has been calculated using the HAY job evaluation scheme.  This means that all our jobs have been independently evaluated using strict criteria and have been allocated a salary range that has been deemed suitable for each job.

Currently, each of our pay grades has a salary range and staff move up to the top of the scale (ie the maximum amount of money within that range) by annual steps, which we call increments, subject to satisfactory performance against SMART objectives, which are set annually between an employee and their manager. 

Colchester Borough Council pays the Living Wage as a minimum standard for all employees. This is an hourly rate which is set independently and calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK, and it is higher than the national Minimum Wage. The Council introduced this in April 2013 as part of its commitment to being a good employer, and is proud to be amongst the first councils to pay the Living Wage.

The Council is officially recognised as a Living Wage employer.  This means that as well as paying the Living Wage to all directly employed staff, a phased plan for third party contracted staff is in place as relevant contracts come up for renewal.

See the apprenticeships page (link shown on the right) for pay rates for apprentices.

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