The highest paid salary in this Authority is £178,476 p.a. which is paid to the Chief Executive. The average median salary in this Authority (not including employees in schools maintained by the Authority) is £19,742 p.a. The ratio between the two salaries, the ‘pay multiple’ is 9.0:1. This Authority does not have a policy on maintaining or reaching a specific ‘pay multiple’, however the Authority is conscious of the need to ensure that the salary of the highest paid employee is not excessive and is consistent with the needs of the Authority as expressed in the pay policy statement.