The Local Government Earnings and Demography Survey provides paybill and average pay rate information for all local government employees (excluding teachers) in England and Wales as well as examining the key characteristics of the workforce.
The survey collects data from councils on individual employees and includes data items for gender, age, ethnic group, and full-time equivalent (FTE) rates for basic pay and total gross pay.
The data were collected between July 2019 and March 2020 and relate to the 2019/20 financial year. The survey achieved a response from 125 of the 375 local authorities in England and Wales (33 per cent). This amounts to around 423,000 posts. This is the first edition of the survey since 2015.
The data have been weighted and grossed to take into account non-response by region and within local authority type. The dataset is then is used to calculate average pay rates, both basic and gross, which are then used along with other data sources to calculate the local government paybill.
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