RE: Scrutiny Staffing Variations
We at CfPS have a great deal of info on this from our Annual Survey.
Nationally, the position looks like this:
2.9 FTE officers (of those who have a dedicated officer)
In districts, it looks like this:
1.4 FTE officers (of those who have a dedicated officer)
We don't collect salaries (you're right, people tend to be unwilling to put them in!) but very roughly it's possible to make the following assessment based on recent job adverts:
Scrutiny posts can vary in pay from about £17-18,000 pa (for a junior "twin-hatter" officer predominantly responsible for committee admin) to £70,000+ pa (for a manager). The average for a scrutiny officer, outside London, is probably £23,000 to £33,000 although there are obviously outliers which aren't reflected in this range. Generally districts pay towards the lower end of this scale although some do offer quite generous renumeration.
If you want comparative data from last year or the year before then please ask.