Council boss may get pay rise
Tony Marryatt's replacement may receive a $90,000 pay rise today.
A salary boost for acting Christchurch City Council chief executive Jane Parfitt will be discussed today by city councillors behind closed doors.
Councillors will vote on whether Parfitt will get a $91,104 rise to her $324,651 pay packet.
Council human resources general manager Chris Till said a pay rise would acknowledge increased responsibilities Parfitt had as the council's acting boss.
''This allowance, similar to higher duties paid in government and non-government sectors, is equivalent to 85 per cent of a comparable CEO's figure in the public sector,'' Till said.
If the rise is approved, Parfitt would earn$415,755 - $122,000 less than former chief executive Marryatt.
Till said advice was sought from Strategic Pay, the council's normal provider on remuneration, and an independent process verification by remuneration consultant HayGroup.
Independent legal advice was also sought.
Parfitt took over from Marryatt in July in an acting capacity after he was sent on leave pending a Crown investigation into the council's loss of its consent accreditation.
She was promoted from her role as city environment general manager.
Marryatt walked away with a payout and earnings of more than $400,000. He had been on an annual salary of $538,522.
Till gave the pay ranges of comparable chief executive positions in a statement on the pay rise:
- Cera (Roger Sutton) $560,000 to $570,000.
- Canterbury District Health Board (David Meates) $530,000 to $540,000.
- University of Canterbury (Rod Carr) $510,000 to $520,000.
- Primary Industries (formerly Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries) $510,000 to $520,000.
This week, information has surfaced about how much city council staff are paid.
The council's annual report for 2013 has for the first time shown what councillors and staff are paid.
Under Local Government Act rules, the report must include the number of employees on more than $60,000 a year.
It has indicated more than 200 staff are on more than $100,000 a year of 2803 employees in total.
However, most staff, 1858, earn less than $60,000.
Just one council employee, Marryatt, falls into the $540,000 to $559,999 bracket.
BY THE NUMBERS
Less than $60,000: 1858
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