Leading public servants defend pay levels
The remuneration of two of Timaru's higher paid public servants has been released by the State Services Commission.
The commission has released the remuneration of public service and state sector senior staff as at June 30 this year.
Aoraki Polytechnic chief executive Kay Nelson's remuneration band went from between $210,000 and $219,000 to between $220,000 and $229,999.
South Canterbury District Health Board chief executive officer Chris Fleming went from the $300,000 to $309,999 band to $310,000 to $319,999.
Ms Nelson said she had not received a pay increase this year.
"Since I started here in 2009 I have been in the $210,000 to $219,000 band. At the beginning of 2011 I got a rise that covered both 2010 and 2011, this pushed me into the next band.
"So any pay rise I have had covers three years. I have not had a pay rise in 2012.
"Despite the difficult times, all staff have received pay increases in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
"I feel that the band I am in, compared to other polytech chief executives, is appropriate for the size of this organisation. Please also note all pay rises have to be approved by the State Services commissioner," Ms Nelson said.
Mr Fleming said he had received "a modest percentage increase last year" of about 2 per cent, for managing 670 fulltime equivalent staff, which in real terms was 900 people.
"My typical working week would be around 60 hours.
"On top of my chief executive role I am the chair of the South Island alliance leadership team, and the South Island chief executive on the district health board executive and the employment related strategy group. I am also lead chief executive nationally for health of older people and I also serve on the health alliance board as a director."
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