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 .....


Councillors' Allowances

In response to requests from local authorities, SW Councils has developed a practical guide to Councillors' Allowances and a core database of regional information. This will be invaluable to Independent Remuneration Panels (IRP) in determining their recommendations to local authorities and will help to avoid excessive alternative benchmarking.

The report of the Councillors’ Commission and the subsequent Local Democracy Act was informed by a review of the incentives and barriers facing councillors, in which allowances play an important role. The results of the surveys provide sound comparative information to independent panels. IRP Chairs now meet annually to consider the findings of the surveys and the latest developments in Government.

The paper and spreadsheets below outlines figures obtained in 2009/10, 2007/08 and 2006/07.

Where IRP Chairs are seeking help for panels, particularly where there is a need for training or for ongoing help throughout a review, South West Councils can also provide independent advice through the Chief Executive or one of her senior officers and associates.  Please contact Karen Stone for more information.

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