Councillor Drew Hendry (Aird and Loch Ness) has claimed on his blog that Highland Council are now employing nearly 150 more senior staff in the top 2% of wage earners. Here's a little more from Drew:
"A report due to go to the full meeting of Highland Council this week will show that over the past year Highland Council are now employing nearly 150 more senior staff in the top 2% of wage earners – an increase of about 75%.
This is against a background of cuts in front line services including people employed in gritting and maintenance operations and planned redundancies for hundreds of classroom assistants."
More here. It looks as though the Press and Journal has followed up Drew's new information too. This morning they state:
"The total number of Highland Council staff last month was 12,633, compared with 12,726 in December 2008.
During that period, the number of staff paid £40,000 to £49,999 rose from 715 to 920. The number paid £50,000 to £59,999 increased from 119 to 193.
The £60,000 to £69,999 bracket was static at 35, while the £70,000 to £79,999 bracket increased from five employees to 22."
Drew Hendry is also quoted in the P&J: "There has been very little regard by the Liberal Democrat-led administration for those at the sharp end of service delivery."
The administration are fighting back however claiming that most of the increases are in teaching posts and that the increases were agreed prior to the recession. The Press and Journal article is available here. One wonders, 920 folk on between £40-50K are they all teachers, is that the normal salary for teaching?