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Annual Salaries: J P Hilton & F Ellison
 
Details of the salaries awarded to the BMB's General Manager and his deputy from the commencement of the Bank to the start
of the Second World War
 
(Part 1 - 1919 to 1930)
 Date
 J P Hilton
()
 F Ellison
()
 NOTES
 September 1st 1919
 550
350
 (1) (2) (3)
 April 1st 1920
 750
 
 (4)
 April 1st 1921
 799
 
 (5)
 September 1st 1921  
 347
 (6)
 April 1st 1922
 900
 400
 (7) (8)
 April 1st 1923
 1,000
 550
 (9)
 April 1st 1924
 1,200
 
 (10)
 April 1st 1925  
 700
 (9)
 April 1st 1926
 1,350
 
 (11)
 April 1st 1928
 1,500
 
 (12)
 April 1st 1930
 1,650
 1,000
 (13)
NOTES
 
(1) John Peter Hilton was appointed the Manager of the Birmingham Corporation Savings Bank (BCSB) on September 18th 1916 at a salary of 300 per annum. On April 1st 1918, his salary was increased to 400, and on April 1st 1919 to 550. This level of salary was maintained when the BMB replaced the BCSB.
 
(2) In November 1917, the Bank's Management Committee awarded Mr Hilton an honorarium of 45 - this replaced a proposed increase of 50 which would have required the agreement of the City Council's Salary, Wages & Labour Committee.
 
(3) Frank Ellison was appointed Assistant Manager of the BMB from September 1st 1919 at a salary of 350 per annum (including War Bonus) rising by an increment of 50 on completion of 12 months approved service - the appointment to be terminated by one month's notice on either side. Mr Ellison was previously employed as Chief Clerk at the Coventry Savings Bank. By agreement with that Bank, he actually took up his appointment with the BMB in late August 1919.
 
(4) Mr Hilton's salary increase in 1920 was the subject of correspondence between him and Neville Chamberlain.
 
(5) The Bank's Management Committee had requested the authority of the City Council's Salary, Wages & Labour Committee to increase Mr Hilton's salary to 900; this request was refused and the Committee restricted his increase to 49 - below the 50 amount (as NOTE (2)) that required the Council's permission.
 
(6) Mr Ellison's salary increased from 322 to 347 - ie excluding War Bonus. This increase was in accordance with the agreement that his remuneration be reviewed after two years' service. The Committee agreed that his service over those two years had been "satisfactory".
 
(7) On considering Mr Ellison's salary, the Committee were "of opinion that the same is not commensurate with his duties and responsibilities, and is not in fitting proportion to the salaries paid to other officers over whom he exercises supervision". The Superintendent Inspector of Branches (eg) had a salary of 290.
 
(8) In October 1922, the titles of the Bank's two senior officers were amended:
 
 - J P Hilton from 'Manager' to 'General Manager';
 - F Ellison from 'Assistant Manager' to 'Assistant General Manager'.
 
(9) At its meeting on January 29th 1923, the Bank's General Purposes Sub-Committee minuted that they "had under consideration the question of the remuneration of Mr Ellison, Assistant General Manager, and are of opinion that his present salary of 400 plus bonus does not correspond with the important duties which this officer has to perform. They are of opinion that a substantial increase should be granted to Mr Ellison, and accordingly recommend that the Salaries, Wages and Labour Committee be asked to approve the salary of Mr Ellison being increased by:
 
 - 100 per annum as from the 1st April next, a further
 - 100 per annum as from the 1st April 1924 and a further
 - 100 per annum as from the 1st April 1925."
 
The Salaries, Wages and Labour Committee recommended that "after discussing the matter with Mr Councillor Appleby, Chairman of the Bank Committee, that his salary be advanced by 150 per annum, ie from 400 to 550, as from 1st April next, and with regard to the future they will be prepared to consider the granting of a further advance in two years' time, if the Bank Committee so recommend."
 
(10) Extract from the Minutes of the General Purposes Sub-Committee (January 29th, 1924):
 
Your Sub-Committee have considered the remuneration paid to the General Manager and are of opinion that the same is not commensurate with the position held and the responsibility involved.
 
The remarkable increase in the transactions of the Bank in all directions are strikingly disclosed by the following:
 
 
 
Year ended
31st Dec. 1922
Year ended
31st Dec. 1923
Increase
 Amount deposited
1,665,112
2,539,144
874,032
 Amount withdrawn
954,819
1,390,772
435,953
 Number of transactions
506,412
731,153
224,741
 No of open accounts
88,506
118,637
30,131
 No of Water Accounts Collected
15,284
20,282
4,998
 No of House Purchase
    applications dealt with
378
709
331
 No of Mortgages in force
1,454
1,922
468
Your Sub-Committee are informed that the Salaries of the Managers of the large Trustee Savings Banks such as Manchester and Glasgow range between 1600 and 1800 and it should be pointed out that as such Banks have been established for long periods, the management of these concerns does not entail the amount of progressive constructional work which is the case in Birmingham, where especially the creation of increasing numbers of Branches necessitates a considerable amount of administration and supervision.
 
(11) Extract from the Minutes of the General Purposes Sub-Committee (February 15th, 1926):
 
Your Sub-Committee have had under consideration the remuneration paid to the General Manager. It will be recollected that Mr Hilton's salary was increased to 1,200 in April 1924, but your Sub-Committee feel that, in view of the continued rapid development of the Bank and the consequent increase in the responsibilities and duties of the General Manager, this remuneration is not commensurate with the importance of the office.
 
The following table shows the increase in the transactions of the Bank during the last two years, and special reference should be made to the growth of the House Purchase Department consequent upon the Corporation's policy in regard to the sale of houses, and also to the substantial increase in the number of Branch Banks, and the policy laid down by your Committee in regard thereto.
 
Comparative Figures at 31st December
 
1925
1923
Increase
 No of Depositors
185,476
118,637
66,839
 No of transactions
1,183,453
731,135
452,318
 Amount due to Depositors
6,242,301
3,682,251
2,560,050
 No of Home Safes in hands of Depositors
13,527
4,976
8,551
 No of House Purchase applications dealt with
2,285
709
1,576
 Amount outstanding on Mortgage
947,085
362,425
584,660
 No of Mortgages in Force
3,576
1,922
1,654
 No of Water Accounts dealt with
28,160
20,282
7,878
 No of Electric Supply Accounts dealt with
3,133
-
3,133
 No of Daily Branches
22
16
6
 No of Evening Branches
12
13
 
 No of Staff
119
75
44
It may be of interest to the Committee for purposes of comparison to have before them particulars of the salaries paid to the Managers of the largest Trustee Savings Banks, and it should be pointed out in this connection that the increase in the business of the Municipal Bank during the past few years has been much greater than the corresponding increase in the transactions of the other Banks mentioned.
 
Salaries paid to Chief Officers of Trustee Savings Banks
 
 
 
 Branches
 
 Glasgow
 18
 1,600
 Manchester
 13
 1,760
 Liverpool
 10
 1,350
 Edinburgh
 10
 1,350
 Aberdeen
 8
 2,000
 Birmingham
 34
 1,200
Your Sub-Committee, after giving the matter very careful consideration, have no hesitation in unanimously making the following recommendations:
 
That, subject to the approval of the Salaries, Wages and Labour Committee, the salary of Mr J P Hilton be increased as from the 1st April next by the sum of 150 per annum and as from the 1st April, 1927, by a further sum of 150 per annum; it being understood that should this increase be approved, it is not proposed to bring forward a further recommendation for a period of 5 years from the latter advance.
 
The decision of the Salaries, Wages and Labour Committee was to agree that Mr Hilton's salary be advanced by 150, but that no further applications were to be made for at least two years.
 
(12) Extract from the Minutes of the General Purposes Sub-Committee (February 20th, 1928):
 
The Committee will be aware that in 1926 it was unanimously agreed to increase the salary of Mr J P Hilton (the General Manager) by 150 from the 1st April, 1926 and by a further 150 from the 1st April, 1927, bringing his salary up to 1,500 per annum. On communicating this decision to the Salaries, Wages and Labour Committee in accordance with the Standing Orders, the latter Committee approved the one increase of 150 to take effect from the 1st April, 1926, on the understanding the question should not be revived for a period of two years. The Bank Committee ultimately fell in with the wishes of the Salaries, Wages and Labour Committee, but decided that the matter should be reconsidered at the end of the two years. This time having now elapsed, your Sub-Committee have reviewed the question and are of opinion that the present salary of Mr Hilton, viz: 1,350 is not commensurate with the responsibilities attached to the office of General Manager of the Bank. Furthermore, the progress and development of the Bank during the last two years indicate that the duties and responsibilities of Mr Hilton have materially increased and a statement is annexed giving comparative figures at 31st December, 1925 and 31st December, 1927, which shows the substantial growth of the Bank during this period.
 
Your Sub-Committee feel that they are expressing the opinion of the Committee when they state that they are well pleased with the efficient manner in which the Bank is conducted and after full consideration they submit that the second advance which it was originally proposed to grant from 1st April, 1927, should no longer be withheld, and accordingly it is unanimously recommended that subject to the approval of the Salaries, Wages and Labour Committee, Mr Hilton's salary be increased by 150 as and from the 1st April 1928.
 
Comparative Figures at 31st December
 
 1927
 1925
 Increase
 Savings Bank      
 Total Amount of Deposits
 21,719,167
 13,841,140
 7,878,027
 Total Amount of Withdrawals
 14,395,663
 8,166,708
 6,228,955
 Total number of Transactions
 7,152,089
 4,322,771
 2,829,318
 Depositors' Balances
 8,376,638
 6,242,301
 2,134,337
 Number of Depositors
 241,429
 185,476
 55,953
 Number of Home Safes in use
 25,024
 13,527
 11,497
 House Purchase      
 Number of Mortgages arranged
 7,626
 4,465
 3,161
 Total advanced on Mortgage
 2,557,495
 1,407,436
 1,150,059
 Total repaid
 853,907
 415,991
 437,916
 Number of Mortgages in force
 5,874
 3,576
 2,298
 Total amount outstanding
 1,703,588
 991,444
 712,144
 Water Accounts      
 Total accounts dealt with
 41,984
 28,160
 13,824
 Total amounts received
 277,056
 152,809
 124,247
 Electricity Accounts      
 Total accounts dealt with
 39,402
 3,133
 36,269
 Total amounts received
 42,409
 2,676
 39,733
 Gas Accounts      
 Total accounts dealt with
 33,871
 -
 33,871
 Total amounts received
 58,895
 -
 58,895
 Number of Branches
      (excluding Head Office)
     
 Daily Branches
 32
 22
 10
 Other Branches
 13
 12
 1
 Number of Staff
 159
 119
 40
(13) Extract from the Minutes of the General Purposes Sub-Committee (January 20th, 1930):
 
Salary of Assistant General Manager
 
Your Sub-Committee have had under consideration the question of salary paid to Mr Ellison, Assistant General Manager. In 1925, when his salary was reviewed, he was receiving a basic rate of 550, plus bonus of 176. 12. 2. It was then decided, with the approval of the Salaries, Wages and Labour Committee, to increase Mr Ellison's salary by 150, making the basic rate 700. When salaries were consolidated Mr Ellison was receiving salary and bonus amounting to 876. 12. 2. and it was decided to consolidate at 875 per annum, which is his present remuneration. Your Sub-Committee feel that having regard to the position held by Mr Ellison and to the satisfactory manner in which his duties are performed, he should receive a salary, as from the 1st April next, of 1,000 per annum, and they recommend accordingly.
 
Salary of General Manager
 
Your Sub-committee have also given consideration to the remuneration paid to the General Manager, Mr J P Hilton, whose salary they consider is neither commensurate with his responsibilities nor with the progressive development of the Bank.
 
In 1926, the Bank Committee desired to grant Mr Hilton an immediate increase of 150 and a further increase of 150 as and from April 1927. The Salaries, Wages and Labour Committee, however, only approved of an increase of 150 for April, 1926, which was to apply for two years. In 1928, an application to grant the deferred 150 was made and approved by the Salaries, Wages and Labour Committee, bringing Mr Hilton's salary up to 1,500, which figure the Bank Committee had in mind in 1926. Your Sub-Committee feel that the increased responsibilities of the General Manager consequent upon the growth of the Bank, and the general efficiency of the organisation, merit higher remuneration than the existing figure; namely, 1,500 per annum; and having regard to these considerations and to the relationship between his present salary and the proposed salary for the Assistant General Manager, your Sub-Committee recommend that, subject to the approval of the Salaries, Wages and Labour Committee, the salary of Mr J P Hilton should be fixed at 1,650 as from the 1st April next; it being understood that a further increase shall not be considered before 1932.
 
 
Continued ....                  
 
J P Hilton & F Ellison
(1933)
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