THE new clerk for Holbeach Parish Council will be paid up to £27,000.
At the moment the council is looking for someone to replace Jill Harrington when she retires.
There have been 45 applications for the full-time role and at a meeting on Monday the council agreed to budget a further £7,000 on top of the current salary.
Chairman Coun Rita Rudkin said the council would need to pay up to that amount to get someone who can do everything they require.
The candidates have been shortlisted to seven and will attend an informal evening to meet councillors this week.
The salary came up when the council set this year’s precept – its portion of the Council Tax bill – which will go up by seven per cent to £171,441.