Agenda and minutes

Appointments Committee - Friday 11 March 2022 10.00 am

Venue: Cabinet Suite - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

None received.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 6 December 2021.

Minutes:

The minutes were approved and signed as a true record.

3.

Public Questions

To answer any written public questions about matters which are within the powers and duties of the Committee. The closing date/time for the receipt of questions is 10.00am on Friday 4 March 2022.

 

Depending on the nature of the questions asked it may not be possible to provide a comprehensive answer at the meeting, in which case a written answer will be supplied as soon as reasonably possible after the meeting

Minutes:

None received.

4.

Members' Questions

To answer any written members’ questions. The closing date/time for the receipt of questions is 10.00am on Friday 4 March 2022.

Minutes:

None received.

5.

PAY POLICY STATEMENT 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Members to review the changes to this years Pay Policy Statement and approve if appropriate.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

5.1       Members noted the covering report which outlined the proposed changes to the Pay Policy Statement, with some additional context setting information.

 

5.2       Concern was raised that Local Government employees were currently lagging behind in terms of pay increase compared to others, this was particularly concerning considering the economic landscape at the moment. It was questioned what the Council’s view was on this and whether there was any plan to lobbying on behalf of staff to help close the gap.

 

5.3       It was accepted that Local Government would always be under pressure on staff wages due to its set budget, there was balance to be struck between fair salary ranges that rewarded existing staff and attracted new staff, but also did not lead to having to make cuts to services. In addition, salary increases were negotiated through the Local Government Association, not by individual councils so it was out of the council’s direct control.

 

5.4       There was a wider conversation however of the challenges GCC faced in filling staff vacancies, which was no longer being seen just within the traditional areas of social care and highways. Officers were looking to carry out a piece of work on repackaging the ‘Gloucestershire offer’ for employees and looking at other things that could attract staff such as career development, wellbeing at work etc. and how this could be better promoted e.g., using social media.

 

5.5       A member asked how many staff were currently outside IR35 payroll, noting this was a particularly expensive way of employing staff. It was confirmed that there only a handful of staff remained outside IR35, it was only employees that were hired on an interim/agency basis, it could not be anyone doing a day job on behalf of GCC.

 

5.6       It was highlighted that the 1.75% agreed for this financial year would be backdated when it was paid in April. The national discussions were now straight into starting negotiation on the 2022-23 settlement. There would be conversations internally on whether national pay arrangements could be used in a more creative way to target areas particularly difficult to recruit to but stressed that any changes would need to remain within budget and inline with national discussions.