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Matter which the Chairman has decided is urgent to ensure Members have up to date figures in a timely manner

 

Agenda Item No.

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

CABINET: 17TH DECEMBER, 2012

 

REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (CORPORATE RESOURCES): 11TH DECEMBER, 2012

 

 

“           SICKNESS ABSENCE REPORT - APRIL TO SEPTEMBER 2012 (MD) –

 

Absence information for the period April to September 2012 (and for the same period in 2011/12) was shown in paragraph 5 of the report and demonstrated that the Council remained within target (by 0.16 days per employee) which reflected, inter alia, the continuing focus on absence management.  It was recognised, however, that sickness trends typically increased during the winter months.  Full details of the breakdown by Directorate and individual service areas were set out within Appendix A to the report.  The half yearly figures demonstrated that four out of six Directorates / service areas were within their half yearly target and continuing work was being progressed within the Directorates of Learning and Skills and Social Services to ensure that the annual sickness targets were achieved.  Members were reminded that two thirds of the current absence rates related to long term absence with the top two reasons being related to muscular skeletal problems and stress.  That was congruent with absence figures reported in the Annual Absence Management Survey Report 2012 as published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  All staff who were absent for the above reasons were automatically referred to the Occupational Health Department and appropriate support offered.

 

As requested at a previous meeting, comparative absence figures from across the wider public and private sector as summarised below and shown in more detail in Appendix B to the report.

 

Organisation / Sector

Average days lost

per employee

Average working time lost per employee

Vale of Glamorgan

8.17

3.1%

Local Authorities in Wales

10.20

4.2%

Public Services

9.00

3.9%

Manufacturing / Production

7.10

3.1%

Private Sector Services

6.60

2.9%

Non-profit sector

9.30

4.1%

 

Attention was also drawn to the fact that the targets for 2012/13 had been set in anticipation of ongoing and significant service changes across the Council.  Members were reminded that the pace of change would increase over the next four years and that the retention of reasonable absence levels would remain a focus rather than seeking ongoing and possibly unrealistic reductions in such levels. 

 

Members noted that two thirds of the Council’s current absence rates were related to long term absence, with the top two reasons being related to muscular skeletal problems and stress.  A Member asked for a breakdown of the split between the two reasons.  This information was not available at the Committee, and Members were advised that the information would be provided.  Another Member commended the work in relation to absence management and the progress that had been achieved.  It was, however, suggested that this Committee continue to monitor absence levels.

 

RECOMMENDED – T H A T the absence outturn figures and targets at Appendix A be noted and the comments of this Committee referred to Cabinet for consideration on 17th December, 2012.

 

Reason for recommendation

 

To bring matters to the attention of Elected Members in line with corporate objectives and to provide realistic targets to maintain the Council’s focus on managing absence.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources): 11th December, 2012

 

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