Friday 07 August 2020

Regional Employers' Organisation

East Midlands Councils is the Regional Employers' Organisation for the East Midlands.  EMC supports local authorities with the implementation of national HR strategies, policies, conditions of service and national and European legislation.  East Midlands Councils provides a key link between national and European bodies and local authorities to support the local implementation of national conditions of service, legislation and other workforce initiatives.

Statutory Regional Employers' Organisation, activities include;

  • Resolving disputes - formal and informal
  • Supporting joint consultation
  • Representing the region's councils and their interests at national meetings
  • Hosting regional pay consultation meetings
  • Liaising and communicating with councils on pay negotiation developments
  • Providing an advice service to local authorities on terms and conditions and employment law
  • Supporting the LGA to develop guidance to local authorities
  • Responding to consultation on employment issues/legislation

Regional Priorities 2019/20

Set out below are the workforce priorities identified for the region and an update on progress. 

Priority Theme

Update

Addressing the gender pay gap

In the introductory year of the requirement to report the gender pay gap, EMC focused its support on advice to councils on how to calculate and report the pay gap.  The average gap in the East Midlands reduced slightly in the second year of reporting, and outside of London, the region has the smallest gender pay gap.  The median pay gap for councils in the East Midlands region was 4.2%.  The information for the region will be monitored.  Over the following year, EMC will hold a workshop for councils across the region on issues and approaches to narrow the gender pay gap and support diversity, eg showcasing work by Rutland CC & North West Leicestershire. 

Apprenticeships

EMC has been using its monthly HR bulletin to keep councils informed of the LGA’s funded support, as well as developments with apprenticeships.  A free event was hosted by EMC on 11th June 2019 to enable officers from councils across the region to meet with the LGA and the ESFA and to discuss how we can collaborate to increase the number of apprenticeships and maximise levy spend.  The event received positive feedback from those attending.  The RJC Chairs issued a joint statement to encourage councils to provide apprenticeships.

EMC is also exploring opportunities with universities to provide a planning degree apprenticeship within the region, which will also help alleviate the skills shortages within this occupational group.  An event was hosted by EMC in July 2019 to enable Heads of Planning to inform the development of a degree in Planning at Loughborough University.

Recruitment and retention in skills shortage areas:  planning, building control and social care.

Recruitment, retention and pay-benchmarking reports were produced by EMC and counterparts across the country for roles within planning and within building control.  A conference was provided by EMC in October on attracting and developing talent. 

Pay and rewards – with a particular focus on the implementation of the new national pay spine on 1st April 2019

EMC provided a series of free workshops during the year to provide advice and guidance to councils to help implement the new national pay spine.  Workshops covered issues such as equality impact assessments, pay modelling and local consultation.  A discounted pay modelling service was also offered.  Most councils were able to implement the new pay spine without significant difficulties in terms of impact on local grade structures or employee relations.  During the forthcoming year, EMC will hold an event on refreshing and streamlining job evaluation.

Brexit – keeping a watching brief

As Vice-President of CEEP and President of CEEP UK, Cllr Beattie has been working to maintain an influence at European level, given that EU Directives will directly apply to the UK until Brexit is fully implemented.  The situation has been under review as the situation with Brexit became clearer.  EMC has ensured councils are informed of employment issues, e.g. developments with the right to remain scheme with regular articles within its weekly Policy Brief


For further information about any of these services or activities please contact Sam Maher, Sam.maher@emcouncils.gov.uk or call 01664 502 620.