Town Hall Rich List 2024: The 12 highest paid Leeds City Council workers listed who earn over £100k a year

Leeds City Council’s highest paid workers in the latest financial year have been unveiled.

Campaign group The Taxpayers’ Alliance has released its Town Hall Rich List 2024, listing council employees in the UK who received over £100,000 in taxpayers’ money in a single financial year.

The list revealed that 24 Leeds City Council employees earned more than £100,000 in the 2022-23 financial year, which is five more than last year and compares to the UK average of nine per local authority. Local authorities are only required to provide names for those with a salary of £150,000 or more.

Chief executive Tom Riordan had the highest salary of £191,870 followed by the council’s director of communities and environment, James Rogers, who earned £189,831.

A spokesperson for Leeds City Council said: “The salaries paid to our chief officers are consistent with the duties they are required to undertake and the responsibilities they have, with salary grades benchmarked and evaluated according to the size and scope of each individual role.

“Leeds is the country’s second biggest unitary council and remains open and transparent about its salary levels. The number of staff earning over £100,000 represents 0.20% of the workforce.

“The council’s chief executive’s voluntary pay cut over the last few years has also been channelled into additional savings for the council and local good causes, totalling more than one year’s annual salary. 

“Like all local authorities, Leeds City Council has faced unprecedented challenges over the past few years due to the pandemic, cost of living crisis and increased demand for services and the council’s senior management team have played an important role in coordinating the city’s response.”

Here are the 12 highest paid employees at Leeds City Council.

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