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Pay Policy Statement 2016

Meeting: 29/01/2016 - Employment Committee (Item 20)

20 Report of the Head of Human Resources - Pay Policy Statement 2016 pdf icon PDF 65 KB

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Members considered the report of the Head of HR Shared Service which related to the Pay Policy Statement.


It was noted that the pay policy statement would need to be approved formally by full Council before the end of March.  Members were informed of the changes that had been made for this year which included a reference to the legislative changes that would be introduced from April 2016 relating to compensation payments by senior staff.  However, this still needs to be worked out as it is quite a complicated piece of legislation.


In Section 4 – Monitoring it was noted that the calculation for earnings had changed this year from previous years following guidance from the Local Government Association.  It was suggested that the same rationale was attributed to future data and that only comparators from one year to another are detailed.


It was also noted that in Section 5 – Trade Union facility time, hardly any resources had been spent on trade union business.  Members were advised that the Council was only required to report if more than 50% of the trade union representative’s time is spent on trade union business.


In response to Members’ questions, the Head of HR Shared Service advised:-


·  That although the Reward Strategy was last reviewed in 2006, there were four themes to the Strategy and one of these themes, the Pay Policy, would be considered by Members in Part II of the agenda.

·  That the redundancy policy would apply to all members of staff.

·  Market Supplements are applied to those positions where difficulty has been experienced in recruiting, i.e. Senior Planners, Surveyors and Legal.

RESOLVED:  That Council be recommended to agree the proposed Pay Policy Statement as set out in Appendix 1 to the report of the Head of HR Shared Service prior to publication on the Council’s web site.

Voting:  For:  11