Agenda and draft minutes

Employment Committee - Thursday, 29th June, 2023 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room

Contact: Christine lewis 

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Councillors Banevicius, Bragger, Harvey-Coggins and Hawkins.


Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interests.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 66 KB


The minutes of the previous meeting were signed as a correct record.


Updated Pay Policy Statement 2023 pdf icon PDF 128 KB

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The committee received the updated annual Pay Policy Statement for 2023 and were informed that it was the Council’s duty to publish such reports under Section 38 of the Localism Act 2011.


It was also noted that the report this year included provision for annual performance related bonuses, an employee referral bonus scheme and an enhanced benefits package including private health insurance.


The following points were raised by Members regarding the performance related bonus scheme


·        There was no robust evidence that these types of schemes work in the public sector

·        Schemes like these had been ceased elsewhere as Officers worked harder because they felt valued not due to financial incentive

·        There was merit in trialling the scheme and results should be reviewed by the Committee.

·        It was noted that it would help promote what outstanding performance looked like in the organisation.

·        There should be clear criteria for success and the moderation process was well received by the Committee.


The referral bonus scheme was then discussed and it was agreed as a positive step and the Committee were reassured to note that even with referrals given, the usual recruitment and probation processes would still be followed.


The enhanced benefits package was discussed and it was noted that although the current scheme was the standard offering seen in many local authorities, this did not mean the market should not be tested for a better offering.

There was much discussion regarding a provision of private health care with the following points raised.


·        Officers already pay for health care via National Insurance contributions and so this would be paying twice at a cost to both the Officer and organisation.

·        There has to be consideration that it is public money.

·        It had been asked for in staff surveys.

·        It was noted that this was a trial so how would the organisation manage taking health care away as some would get used to it.  It was reported that clear communications that it was a trial would be given from the start.

·        It would help officers recover from illness quicker and therefore return to work sooner.

·        It was noted that many of what would be covered by the scheme were “self referred” services which for people who work, was more difficult to access It was reported that it through a limited workforce pilot last year, it became clear that many members of staff had not tried to voluntarily access services like physiotherapy for health concerns as a result from manual handling without support from the organisation.  The benefits from helping individuals access these types of therapeutic and holistic services could be seen following this pilot.  It was also reported that the scheme would provide services like eye tests to all staff not just those who use display screen equipment. It was agreed that these benefits should be stated in the report before going to Council for approval.


RESOLVED:  (1)         That the contents of the updated Pay Policy Statement as set out in Appendix A be updated to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Gender Pay Gap pdf icon PDF 99 KB

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The Committee received an updated report on the Gender Pay Gap for 2022/23.  It was reported that the annual publication of such a report was a statutory requirement.  It was reported that there had been a marginal shift from that last annual report and the Council was substantially lower in the pay gap than the national average for the public sector as a whole.  The Committee were reassured however that the organisation would not be complacent in this and would continue to target resources to push for further improvements and closure of the gap.


The Committee noted that there was still a gender gap in the joint waste service however this was being addressed with a number of females joining the work force including a driver to the team.


The following points were discussed

·        That there should be a consistent approach to the use of gender terminology throughout the report.

·        The Committee were pleased to note that facilities for female joint waste staff were more than adequate.

·        That election staff were not required to be included in the report as they are employed for one to two days only.

·        That a new section in the report to report any bonuses as previously discussed would be added.

·        That the Committee should consider at a future meeting whether a similar report regarding disability should be developed.

·        That the work in reducing gender pay gaps should be congratulated and promoted and all inks to the report should ensured to work to ensure this.


RESOLVED:   That the contents of the report and the Gender Pay Gap figures for 2022 be noted and approved for publication.