Employment Committee
Tuesday, 25th September, 2018 12.15 pm

Venue: The Executive Meeting Room - Third Floor, The Guildhall. View directions

Contact: Vicki Plytas 02392 834058  Email:

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No. Item


Apologies for absence


Declarations of Members' Interests


Minutes of the Meeting held on 26 June 2018 pdf icon PDF 153 KB

RECOMMENDED that the minutes of the meeting held on 26 June 2018 be confirmed and signed by the chair as a correct record.


Senior Management Structure pdf icon PDF 86 KB

This report proposes a change to the current senior management structure.


RECOMMENDED that the Committee agrees that


(1)  Informal consultation is undertaken with those staff directly affected by the proposed change to reporting arrangements; and 


(2)  Subject to no material objections to the proposal being received during the consultation, all of the Directors of the Council will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer and the Council's Standing Orders and Constitution will be amended accordingly.

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Armed Forces Covenant: Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold award sustainability plan pdf icon PDF 110 KB

The purpose of this report is to update Employment Committee about Portsmouth's recent Gold Award within the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) and seek approval for the outlined sustainability plan.


RECOMMENDED that the Committee


(1)  Note that Portsmouth City Council was awarded the prestigious Gold Award within the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme


(2)  Approve the outlined plan to ensure the sustainability of Portsmouth City Council's prestigious Gold Award within the ERS

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Apprenticeships pdf icon PDF 112 KB

The purpose of the report is to provide a comparison as to the city council's progress with apprenticeships against neighbouring local authorities and employers including an update on apprenticeship numbers and levy spend and to update members on the options open to the city council in sharing up to 10% of its levy with external organisations. 


RECOMMENDED that Members


(1)Endorse option 2 as the preferred option in relation to the transfer of levy funds to external employers

(2)Note the council's position on apprenticeships in relation to other levy paying employers

(3)Note the progress made with regards to the number of apprenticeships and levy spend


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Dying to Work pdf icon PDF 268 KB

Thepurpose ofthereport is to consider whether Portsmouth City Council (excluding schools) should sign up to the TUC 'Dying to Work' charter and what additional actions if any, it would need to carry out to comply with the charter.


RECOMMENDED that the Committee


(1)   agrees that PCC should sign up to the TUC charter since the charter largely reflects our current practices.

(2)   In meeting our commitment to the charter, continue the current practice of investigating with an eligible employee which option under the pension scheme would be most financially beneficial. In some cases, this could mean retiring the employee on grounds of ill-health where this is the best option for them.

(3)   As part of the charter, state that under an organisational change process a member of staff with a terminal illness could still be dismissed, if the reason for dismissal is redundancy. However, as with our current practice, redundancy dismissal will only be actioned once all other options have been exhausted.


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Sickness Absence pdf icon PDF 113 KB

The purpose of this report is to update Employment Committee about levels of sickness absence across the council and actions being taken to manage absence.


RECOMMENDED that Members continue to monitor sickness absence, and ensure appropriate management action is taken to address absenteeism.


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