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

 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. 

Epaycheck Data Report
In September 2018 a report has been published entitled ‘Planning Roles: Pay, recruitment and retention’, responding to ongoing concerns about difficulty in recruiting and retaining planners. The report identifies variation in pay across the regions, explores recruitment and retention ratings and provides trend data on pay increases over recent years. 

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, michele.evans@swcouncils.gov.uk.


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.

Download related documents