Employment Committee - Tuesday, 23rd November, 2021 12.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - The Guildhall. View directions

Contact: James Harris on 023 9260 6065  Email:

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Meeting Information: Risk Assessment for Council Chamber pdf icon PDF 58 KB


Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Members' Interests


Minutes of the meeting held on 21 September 2021 pdf icon PDF 99 KB

RECOMMENDED that the minutes of the meeting held on 21 September 2021 be confirmed and signed by the Chair as a correct record.


Living Wage Accreditation - Progress Update Report pdf icon PDF 298 KB

At Employment Committee on 21st September 2021 Members were updated on the joint working Officers have undertaken with the Living Wage Foundation. The purpose of this report is to provide Members with an update on the progress made to date.


This report provides an update on progress of the Living Wage working group.


It is recommended that a special Employment Committee meeting is scheduled for early January 2022 to allow for a detailed financial analysis to be completed and so the financial impact of seeking accreditation from the forthcoming financial year can be understood.  The financial implications of seeking accreditation would need to be addressed as part of the budget setting process; a decision to seek accreditation would therefore need to be made by Full Council.


Whilst it has been confirmed that statutory National Living Wage will increase to £9.50 from April 2022, the Living Wage Foundation have stated that they will not be announcing the increases to Real Living Wage rates of pay until Monday 15th November.


Providing the Committee with a further report at a special January meeting will allow for an accurate assessment of financial impacts based upon known Real Living Wage rates for the coming financial year rather than via models based upon assumptions.


Sickness Absence - Quarterly Report pdf icon PDF 148 KB

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


RECOMMENDED that the Committee:


·     Continues to monitor sickness absence and ensure appropriate management action is taken to address absenteeism;


·     Notes the wellbeing activities undertaken to support attendance and in response to the Covid-19 pandemic; and


·     Notes the change in absence levels across the organisation.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion pdf icon PDF 348 KB

The purpose of this report is to update members on progress against the actions set out in the Equality and Diversity Strategy 2019 - 2022 and provide an update on the council's actions in regard to Equality Diversity and Inclusion throughout the Covid 19 response (March 2019 to date). The report also outlines a forward plan of action to further enhance and embed the council's commitment to equalities, evidence compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty and set out the actions to be taken that will underpin the Council Corporate Plan for Recovery and Renewal.


Recommended that members are asked to note the contents of this report and endorse the planned activity to enhance and embed the council's commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

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Workforce Profile pdf icon PDF 153 KB

The purpose of this report to present to the committee the workforce profile for 2019 and for 2020 and to outline how this data will be used going forward.


The Committee are asked to note the contents of the report and attached workforce profile and note the key actions and next steps.

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Future Working Arrangements (Connectivity Project) pdf icon PDF 165 KB

This report provides an update on the emerging Connectivity Programme that is tasked with delivering projects to support and enable our new ways of working.


It is recommended that:


·        Members note the progress made to date and the upcoming work that will be delivered by the Connectivity Programme.

·        Members nominate a group representative(s) to enable cross party and officer engagement on the programme as it progresses.