HR and Employment Services

South West Councils has extensive experience of providing employment support.Leaflet image

Our team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists offer high quality independent Employment Advice free to member organisations including:

 We also provide consultancy (at discounted rates to member organisations) on:

Our services are summarised in a leaflet which can be downloaded Leaflet.

Members and Meetings

South West Councils: Working for the South West

South West Councils
Bringing together local authority Leaders from the County, Unitary and District councils in the South West.

Asylum and Migration in the South West


Epaycheck: National Pay Benchmarking Service

Logo Small A secure pay benchmarking facility, developed for the public sector by the public sector. Launched to local authorities across the country in 2012, the service has already attracted more than half of our councils to register for this data sharing service.

Epaycheck is delivered through a nationwide network of Regional Employers' Organisations who provide the front end service in their localities and actively work with their users to collect, monitor and quality assure the data available to report against.

Senior Pay Executive Summary

The executive summary of a review of chief executive and chief officer roles, released on 4th September, is available on our website.  The full report to assist in decision-making, benchmarking, policy development and workforce planning will be available to Epaycheck subscribers shortly.

For more information on Epaycheck .....


South West Councils

South West Councils draws together local authority Leaders from the county, unitary and district councils in the South West, police, fire & rescue services and parish and town councils .

South West Councils was established in its current form in April 2011.  The current Chairman is Cllr John Hart, Conservative Leader of Devon County Council.

John Hart

To view the full membership of South West Councils click here

The core function of South West Councils,  supported by a small team of officers, is to

  • Support member authorities as Employers, encouraging improved performance and capacity across the region through the provision of high quality HR advice and support, and sharing of accessible information and knowledge on a range of relevant issues.
  • Assist member authorities and associate members to enhance capacity and service delivery through developmental activites for improved performance and efficiency. 
  • Support authorities in having a voice, built on consensus, of issues on national policy and funding working with national Local Government Group, when this is deemed appropriate by Members.

The full membership meets at least twice a year.  There is also a Resource and Management Committee, which oversees day-to-day business and an Employers' Panel  which acts as the Employers' side in joint work with Unions on Provincial Council.  

Details of future meetings can be found here for past Meeting Bulletins click here.

Useful documents