The NGA has campaigned for a number of years for the role of clerk to governors to be professionalised. It is widely recognised that an effective clerk is a key element in the success of any governing board, as such, all governing boards should seek to recruit high-quality professional clerks and pay them appropriately.
We think that the role of clerk to the governing board is a professional role that should be remunerated as such.
The remuneration of clerks continues to be an ongoing issue for clerks themselves and governing boards. Both the rate of pay itself and the lack of consistency across the sector paints a very confusing picture for many. Here at the NGA we are often asked what a reasonable rate of pay is, and because of the variation out there this is a difficult question to answer.
As part of NGA's Clerking Matters campaign, we conducted a survey to assess the differences in remuneration for clerks across the country. The survey was completed by 1,458 respondents.
We hope that the results of this survey will go some way to addressing the remuneration debate, and we will be using the results to inform our recommended rate of pay going forwards.