Four officers on ‘Town Hall Rich List’

Four senior council officials in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council received financial packages totalling more than £100,000 in the 2019/2020 financial year, with Council’s Chief Executive receiving a 4.69 per cent pay rise.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 6:07 pm

The TaxPayers’ Alliance has published a council by council breakdown detailing all employees whose remuneration exceeds £100,000 – The Town Hall Rich List 2021.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Chief Executive, Roger Wilson, is the Council’s top earner, with a total remuneration of £146,388, a rise of 4.69 per cent on his 2019/20 earnings of £139,825.

This is made up of salary of £122,500 and £23,888 in pension contributions, says The TaxPayers’ Alliance.

Roger Wilson, Chief Executive, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

The Council’s Director of Place, Olga Murtagh, and Director of Position, Sharon O’Gorman, each earned £110,538 a rise of 0.42 per cent on the £110,075 they earned in the 2018/19 tax year.

Both directors received a salary of £92,500 and  £18,038 in pension contributions according to the figures. In comparison with the 2018/19 tax year these director’s received the same salary but the amount added to their pension increased.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Director of Performance, Sharon McNicholl, earned considerably more in the 2019/20 tax year than she did in the 2018/19 tax year.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance state Ms McNicholl earned £110,538 – 6.16 per cent more than the £104,125 she received in 2018/19.

She received a £92,500 salary and £18,038 in pension contributions according to the figures published by The TaxPayers’ Alliance.

These figures mean Council is sixth of eleven when comparing the number of staff who are paid more than £100,000.

The Town Hall Rich List is part of The TaxPayers’ Alliance drive to improve transparency and accountability for local authorities.

A spokesperson for Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council said: “The Chief Executive’s salary band for Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council was set regionally by the Joint Negotiating Committee.

“The Strategic Directors’ salaries were independently evaluated and are in line with that determined by the National Joint Council for Local Government Services.

“Any cost of living pay awards are also negotiated nationally.”

The TaxPayers’ Alliance’s Town Hall Rich List 2021 can be found at https://www.taxpayersalliance.com/town_hall_rich_list_2021

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