HIGH-profile Kirklees councillors are working full time jobs around their public duties.
But council leader Kath Pinnock has told the Examiner the councillors still manage to put in the required time for Kirklees business.
Cabinet members Andrew Pinnock, Andrew Cooper and Dennis Hullock all have full-time jobs.
Clr Kath Pinnock said the members of her Cabinet with jobs still work the equivalent of five days a week as a councillor.
She said: "Councillors do a lot of work at weekends and in the evenings which means they can fit their jobs in around this.
"Sometimes Cabinet members buy half of the week from their employer to be able to fulfil what they need to do within the council.
"So the extra money they get to be Cabinet members is spent on that to make sure they can do both. But it is still very hard work."
The vast majority of councillors work but most are part-time or self employed, so they can put in the required two and a half days a week.
But for Cabinet members it is more difficult as they are required to work the equivalent of five days a week to justify their extra payment of £11,689 on top of the basic councillor allowance of £11,405.
Clr Kath Pinnock, a former teacher, added: "There is a debate about whether pay should be based on councillors' time spent on the job or the quality of the job done.
"They need to carry on working in most cases because £11,000 is not enough if they have a family.
"Councillors sacrifice a lot for the work and spend long periods of what could be called their spare time."
Commenting on the Examiner's front page story yesterday about councillors failing to complete annual reports, Clr Pinnock said: "I encourage all my councillors to do the report.
"It is important to do them. But I can't comment on how other party leaders manage it and whether they insist the reports are done."