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Catalyst Housing: senior pay races ahead of inflation

Catalyst Housing's annual report shows bumper pay increases for senior management. Below we reproduce the response of Unite reps at Catalyst where Unite has a growing membership and active presence despite the associations anti union stance and refusal to recognise trade unions. 


Diary date: 26 October, national pay conference for the housing sector. Details here.





Annual report shows big increases in pay for senior management


The 2018 Annual Report, released yesterday, shows that for the financial year 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 senior manager pay increased dramatically in that year.


Rachael Dennis enjoyed a salary increase of 18.2% in a year when the standard company pay rise was just 2%. (NOTE: this the financial year of the 2017 pay rise, not the benchmarking exercise done for 2018)


Tom Tithertington also had a double digit rise of 10.1%, whilst Judith Foss was given a rise of 4.2% which is more than double a normal employee.


Whilst some in LT have had larger directorates to manage, we also have to consider that the next level of management, the Directors group, has also massively increased to fill the gaps left by having a smaller LT. The accounts also show that overall staff numbers have fallen, despite organisational change and a growing business so WE ARE ALL having to deal with bigger workloads and increased responsibilities (603 full-time employees in 2017 vs 580 in 2018).


In the 2017 accounts, there were 6 staff members outside the LT who were paid more than £100,000 a year. The 2018 accounts show that this group has more than doubled to 14 members of staff, including 2 who earn more than £140,000 a year. It's no surprise that the Directors group was the highest scoring group for "Fair Deal" in the Best Companies survey.


In all, the 84 staff who earn more than £60,000 per year account for 14% of employees but 30% of the total salary bill.


So what are we going to do?




Unite Reps will be in touch in October to launch our pay campaign which will look to correct the imbalance that has got worse in recent years. Please look out for a meeting invite which will kick things off.



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