HR and Employment Services
South West Councils has extensive experience of providing employment support.
Our team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists offer high quality independent Employment Advice free to member organisations including:
- Terms and Conditions for local government staff and school staff including teachers
- Day to day problematic employee relations
We also provide consultancy (at discounted rates to member organisations) on:
- Recruitment and Workforce Development including suport via pyschometric testing and 360° appraisal
- Job Evaluation / Pay and Grading
- Disciplinary and Grievance Investigations
- Pre-Tribunal Conciliation
- Mediation and Conflict Resolution
- Conferences and Workshops
Our services are summarised in a leaflet which can be downloaded Leaflet.
Epaycheck: National Pay Benchmarking Service
Epaycheck is the national online pay benchmarking service developed for local government by local government. It enables participating councils to share and compare pay and reward data for all Chief Officer roles and a range of other job families of sector-wide interest.
Focused reports are produced periodically using data from Epaycheck. These reports are available at no additional cost to authorities subscribing to the service, the annual subscription fee for which is currently a modest £200.
We hope that this report demonstrates the value, quantity and depth of the data available on Epaycheck. Users in subscribing organisations can also log in to Epaycheck to access all the information in ‘real time’, including new pre-set public reports providing full data on each job family at the touch of a button.
For further information on the Epaycheck system please click here. For any queries about the report or any aspect of Epaycheck, please contact your Regional Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Download related documents
- Role Guide - PDF format (540 Kb)