Capital Regional District board members voted last week to push forward with a raise for CRD executive staff members.
This means CRD staff, some making as much as $268,000 per year, can expect as much as a 2.67 per cent increase to their salary. This jump applies to just under 10 per cent of CRD staff, and pertains to members exempt from the CRD unions. The 2.67 per cent increase is the average increase across different positions, so some may get more and some may get less.
The decision came after board members addressed an “exempt compensation policy” designed to keep wages competitive compared to other areas, with a focus on retaining staff. The policy was established in 2006, and asks a consultant to take a look at 11 similar municipalities every three to five years, and make a recommendation about wage increases to keep them in the median range, with a total increase cap of three per cent.
The last time this was conducted was 2014, with a resulting 2.15 per cent increase.
Several board members saw flaws in this system, and voted against following the recommended increase.
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