Eyebrows raised over senior Council staff salaries

The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has defended the pay of senior council staff after the BBC learnt that 40 in Wales are earning over £100,000.

Eighteen of the 22 councils spend nearly £4m on those members of staff. The Vale of Glamorgan has the most staff, seven, with six-figure salaries, including two teachers. This is more than the education minister earns.

The WLGA said councils required the best people to do the top jobs and that they were "hugely experienced".

The information was provided by 18 of the 22 councils in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by BBC Wales on staff salaries.

Pay levels at councils defended (BBC News, 17 April 2008)