The Town or Parish Council Clerk is usually the "proper officer" to the council which is a part of local government.

  • Town and Parish Councils are not
    • private clubs,
    • charities or
    • residents associations.
  • The role of the proper officer is to provide competent legal advice to the council and implement the decisions of the Council.
  • The Clerk may also be the RFO (Responsible Finance Officer) if they are competent and have appropriate and relevant skills.
  • There is NO legal requirement that the Clerk also be the RFO.


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How do I find out how much the Parish Clerk is paid?

Is there a national pay or salary scale for our parish clerk?

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Does the Town or Parish clerk have to be paid?

Pensions and Town and Parish Clerks

Can we pay our parish clerk a tax free gratuity on retirement?


How do I find out how much the Parish Clerk is paid?

  • The Clerk is a paid employee of the Parish Council which as an employer; as such, it must abide by employment law and should apply good employment practice.
  • However the government has been keen to promote the disclosure of council executives pay.
  • There are 2 very simple ways to find out how much the parish clerk costs.
  • All payments must be approved by the parish council and minuted, including any payments to the clerk.
  • So just ask for copies of the minutes.
  • This method will work for small councils and will give you a reasonable idea of the amounts involved.
  • The second method is to ask for copies of the parish council accounts for the period ended 31st March.
  • These should disclose the amounts paid.
  • This will not work where a council employs many staff.
  • However where a council pays a member of staff above a certain amount this must be disclosed.
  • It is very unlikely that a small parish council will pay above this threshold amount.


Is there a national pay or salary scale for our parish clerk?

  • Yes the salary or pay scale for a parish clerk can be based on the publicly available NJC (National Joint Council) pay scales.
  • It must be remembered that a Parish Council can pay the Clerk what it wishes provided that the amount is at least equal to the national minimum wage.

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  • The difficulty is determining where within the scale should the salary be fixed?
  • This depends upon the job content and may only be accurately determined by a Job Evaluation. 
  • The CPALC PayCheck service is simple and affordable taking 10 to 20 minutes.
  • It scores the role of a clerk enabling a quick lookup to find out the annual and hourly pay rate. 
  • The service is independent and the results are available immediately - No weeks of waiting.


There are 4 broad scales defined by the precept and other income of the parish council.

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