We are a District Council that provides services such as waste and recycling collections, housing, environmental health, electoral registration, planning and building control, parks and leisure.
Harlow has 33 Councillors, three for each of the eleven wards. One third of the Council is re-elected every year, with the exception of years in which County Council elections take place. The political control of Harlow Council is Labour. The political make-up of the Council is: Labour 19 seats, Conservative 12 seats and UKIP 2 seats. Recent Harlow Council election results
Our constitution sets out how we operate, how we make decisions and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. More information on Harlow Council's Constitution
Managing Director: Brian Keane (Returning Officer)
To contact the Managing Director please write to:
The Water Gardens
Tel: 01279 446655
Fax: 01279 446844
|Senior posts||2017-18||2016-17||Jan 2015||2014||2013-14|
|Chief Executive (CE)*||£144,119-£154,219||£99,884||£98,895.30||£98,895.30||£141,279|
|Chief Operating Officer (COO)**||£107,830-£117,930||£96,420-£106,762||£95,465-£105,705||£95,465-
|Project Director (Enterprise Zone Delivery)||£81,130-£91,805||£80,826-£90,896||£79,531-£89,996||£77,819-£88,059||£77,819-£88,059|
|Heads of Service||£80,062-£90,162||£68,700-£79,269||£68,020-£78,484||£66,556-£76,795||£66,556-£76,795|
*This post was deleted 31 October 2017
** This post was deleted 31 July 2017
***This post was created when the CE and COO posts were deleted
The senior posts do not receive any performance related bonuses, benefits in kind or overtime payments. A separate car allowance for the Chief Executive is no longer paid.
In addition the Managing Director receives a payment as Returning Officer which varies according to the elections taking place.
The Project Director (Enterprise Zone Delivery) position was created in 2013 and is being solely funded by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.
Harlow Council is a Living Wage employer.
The national pay award as agreed by the National Joint Council (NJC) for 2016 and 2017 and was fully implemented on Harlow Council’s Single Status Salary scales, for the lowest pay points 6 -17 (circa 5% of staff) the award was between 10.28% - 2.30%, with an award of one per cent being made for the majority (circa 95%) of staff on pay points 18 and above.
- Staff salary scales 2017-18 (pdf)
- Staff salary scales 2016-17 (pdf)
- Staff salary scales 2015 (pdf)
- Staff salary scales 2013-14 (pdf)
- Staff salary scales 2011-12 (pdf)
The pay multiple is the ratio between the highest paid salary and average salary of the whole of the authority’s workforce.
Ratio of the Chief Executive’s FTE salary to the median FTE salary of the Council (£27,485 inclusive of Living Wage)
Ratio of the Chief Executive’s FTE salary to the lowest paid FTE employees (£16,301.57 inclusive of Living Wage)
- Pay Policy Statement 2017-18 (pdf)
- Pay Policy Statement 2016-17 (pdf)
- Pay Policy Statement 2015-16 (pdf)
- Pay Policy Statement 2014-15 (pdf)
- Pay Policy Statement 2013-14 (pdf)
- Pay Policy Statement 2012-13 (pdf)
The Council has won a range of awards which recognises its innovation and achievements.
|Harlow Council is a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, based on the cost of living in the UK. This means that Council staff do not earn less than the Living Wage.|
The MJ Achievement Awards recognise and praise innovation in local government. In 2012 Harlow Council was a finalist in two categories - Best Achieving Council and Community Investor of the Year.
Harlow Council is an accredited member of the Two Ticks Scheme, which was awarded to the Council by Jobcentre Plus in recognition of our commitment regarding employment, retention, training and career development of employees with disabilities. Applicants with a disability who demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria of a job will be guaranteed an interview.
Harlow Council has been recognised for the work it does in connection with policies and procedures regarding stray dogs by receiving a Silver Footprint Award, as part of the RSCPA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints Scheme.