The annual wage bill for 47 directors and assistant directors at cash-strapped Birmingham City Council has been revealed as £4.6 million.
Some of the council officers earn as much as Prime Minister David Cameron’s £142,500 salary.
Their huge pay levels are being revealed for the first time – a week after politicians announced plans to cull 2,500 staff to save £212 million in the coming year.
The city council has confirmed that the salary figures are “the absolute base” and do not include packages, pension contributions – or the performance-related bonus of chief executive Stephen Hughes.
The total package for Mr Hughes took his base figure up from £185,000 to £233,097 last year.
The huge pay packets of the 47 directors and assistant directors have been published on the council’s website under a new “pay transparency” section in response to advice from central government.
But Children Young People and Families Transitional Director Eleanor Brazil has asked for her exact remuneration to be withheld under the Data Protection Act.
She has been hired to rescue the under-performing unit, whose child protection services were slammed as inadequate by Ofsted following the high profile deaths of youngsters known to social services, including Khyra Ishaq.
Meanwhile Colin Tucker, children’s social care director in the same department, is being paid up to £105,000 while suspended from his post over claims he failed to push through reforms quickly enough.
A council spokesman could not confirm if any of the senior staff were facing redundancy in the cuts.
But he said that a restructure of the Corporate Resources Directorate was currently taking place.
The 11 member senior team of that one department, which includes one strategic director, one corporate director, three directors, two heads and four assistant directors, earn up to £1 million, he said.
Birmingham’s Labour MP for Perry Barr, Khalid Mahmood, said: “It is the carers, the social workers, the environmental wardens and all of the other front line workers who are suffering, whilst the council is doing absolutely nothing to reduce the salaries of the highest earners.
“They are victimising ordinary workers and not sharing the burden of these unfair cuts.
“Cutting just one senior post could pay for a dozen lower paid staff on the front line.
“I certainly don’t understand why one person refused to give their pay details and why another is receiving full pay on suspension.
“This is public money and the public deserves to know how and why this money is being spent.”
Roger Jenkins, GMB regional officer for workers at Birmingham City Council, said: “Care workers are losing one third of their salary and the very highest paid staff are left totally unaffected.
“The message that the Government and local authorities send out is that everybody has to tighten their belts, but the reality is that this only applies to the very lowest paid workers.
“They are now facing a pay freeze for the third consecutive year.
“We are not asking to hit the higher levels even harder, we are just asking for fairness and consistency.
“Some workers will be working nights, weekends and maybe even second jobs just to earn a living wage.”
Last week, city council leader Mike Whitby said that 1,500 workers had opted for redundancy over the coming financial year.
The authority has made 302 compulsory redundancies and is consulting about the remaining 700 posts which must be cut.
A total of 1,807 council employees have already taken voluntary redundancy.
The council wants to shed 7,000 workers to save £300 million over the next three years.
This includes plans to remove 3,000 school support staff, including dinner ladies and cleaners, from the city’s payroll and into new co-operatives.
The council says its directors run a £3.5 billion business with 55,000 staff.
And a council spokesman said the bonus system for the Chief Executive was “robust and objective” because it was “managed by a cross-party committee of senior councillors and an independent assessor” and was between 0 and 15 per cent of his overall salary.
This level of the next bonus level will be decided in May.
Full list of senior officer salaries at Birmingham City Council >>
Birmingham City Council senior officers - salaries as at 31 October 2010
Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive: £180,000 - £184,999
Adults & Communities
Peter Hay, Strategic Director: £140,000 - £144,999
Stephen Wise, Service Director Business Transformation: £90,000 - £94,999
Jon Tomlinson, Service Director, Policy, Strategy & Commissioning: £90,000 - £94,999
Alan Lotinga, Director, Health & Well-Being Partnership: £90,000 - £94,999
Glynis Hovell, Service Director, Older Adults: £90,000 - £94,999
Sheila Rochester, Service Director, Younger Adults: £90,000 - £94,999
James McManus, Director, Public Health: £85,000 - £89,999
Children Young People & Families
Eleanor Brazil, Transitional Strategic Director: SALARY NOT DISCLOSED
Christina Garrett, Service Director, Integrated Services: £100,000 - £104,999
Cheryl Hopkins, Service Director, Strategy & Commissioning: £100,000 - £104,999
Colin Tucker, Service Director, Childrens Social Care: £100,000 - £104,999
Jane Brown, Assistant Director, Finance & Schools Financial Services: £80,000 - £84,999
Paul Dransfield, Strategic Director: £140,000 - £144,999
Mirza Ahmad, Director, Corporate Governance: £105,000 - £109,999
Andrew Albon, Director, Equalities and Human Resources: £105,000 - £109,999
Jonathan Warlow, Director, Corporate Finance: £95,000 - £99,999
Glyn Evans, Corporate Director, Business Change: £90,000 - £94,999
Jason Lowther, Head Of Policy & Performance, Policy and Delivery: £90,000 - £94,999
Peter Jones, Assistant Director, Property Services: £80,000 - £84,999
Paul Higgins, Assistant Director, Customer Services: £80,000 - £84,999
Steve Glaze, Head Of Intelligent Client Function, Intelligent Client Function: £80,000 - £84,999
Jean Robb, Assistant Director, Shared Services: £80,000 - £84,999
Christopher Gibbs, Assistant Director, Revenues and Benefits: £75,000 - £79,999
Mark Barrow, Strategic Director: £140,000 - £144,999
Jacqueline Mould, Director, Birmingham Strategic Partnership: £75,000 - £79,999
Waheed Nazir, Assistant Director, Regeneration & Development Planning: £90,000 - £94,999
Simon Murphy, Project Director, City Region: £90,000 - £94,999
Stephen Vickers, General Manager, Urban Design: £90,000 - £94,999
David John Bull, Assistant Director, Development Strategy: £80,000 - £84,999
Trevor Haynes, Assistant Director, Building Consultancy: £75,000 - £79,999
Jack Glonek, Assistant Director, Investment Enterprise & Employment: £75,000 - £79,999
Jennifer Inglis, Director, City Centre Management: £75,000 - £79,999
Environment & Culture
Sharon Lea, Strategic Director: £140,000 - £144,999
John Blakemore, Chief Highway Engineer, Highways: £105,000 - £109,999
Thomas Wallace, Director, Fleet & Waste Management: £95,000 - £99,999
Penelope Smith, Assistant Director, Leisure and Support Services: £90,000 - £94,999
Brian Gambles, Assistant Director, Strategic Services: £75,000 - £79,999
Stephen Hollingworth, Assistant Director, Sports & Events: £75,000 - £79,999
Housing & Constituencies
Elaine Elkington, Strategic Director: £140,000 - £144,999
Ifor Jones, Director, Constituencies: £90,000 - £94,999
Helen Marson, Assistant Director, Housing Services: £80,000 - £84,999
Louise Collett, Assistant Director, Housing Strategy & Development: £80,000 - £84,999
Robert Brown, Assistant Director, Housing - Asset Management & Maintenance: £75,000 - £79,999
Sukvinder Kalsi, Assistant Director - Finance, Housing: £75,000 - £79,999
Jacqueline Russell, Director, Community Safety: £75,000 - £79,999
Ann Brookes, Head Of Governance & Facilities, Transformation: £70,000 - £74,999
Sheila Espin, Senior Directorate Manager, Transformation: £70,000 - £74,999