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Agenda Item No

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources): 4th June 2013

Report of the Managing Director

Request for Consideration of Matter by Scrutiny Committee

Purpose of the Report

1. To respond to a request of "Consideration of Matter" from Councillor Philip Clarke in relation to the advertisement of two posts in Corporate and Customer Services.

Recommendation

1. That Scrutiny Committee note the reasons for advertising the two posts.

Reason for the Recommendation

1. To keep Members apprised.

Background

2. Councillor Philip Clarke has submitted the following request of "Consideration of Matter":  "Subject: Recruitment. There is an advertisement on the Vale of Glamorgan website indicating a vacancy in Corporate Policy and Communications. There must be accumulated money to finance such recruitment. During times of austerity and a 4.8% increase in community charge, should the council not consider returning the funds to the taxpayer instead. Furthermore there will be more cuts in the future, the unnecessary recruitment of permanent staff at this time could have financial consequences for the future." 

Relevant Issues and Options

3. It has been ascertained from Councillor Clarke that he is referring to two posts recently advertised, those of the Intern (Equalities) and Intern (Arts).

4. The Intern (Equalities) post is required to support the Equalities team in respect of forthcoming new legislative requirements regarding Welsh Language Standards. The post, which is graded at Grade E (£16,830-£19,126 p.a), is a temporary one with a duration of two years.   

5. The Intern (Arts) post is required to provide resilience in the Art Central gallery in Barry and for arts development work. This post, similarly graded at Grade E, is also temporary, and lasts for two years.   

6. The nature of both posts - viz internship - is in direct alignment with the Department's Workforce Plan, which is incorporated into the Council's Workforce Plan for 2013/17. The Department's plan specifies that ever-dwindling resources will mean an emphasis on creating intern posts. These interns will be taking on expert roles and undergoing training and development on the job, with senior staff taking on a greater role in supervision and direction. This will enable the Council to develop the necessary expertise while still economising by avoiding the need to appoint to higher graded jobs. At the same time it affords opportunities for talented people to embark on a career in local government, thereby strengthening the public service.  

7. Both posts have been established and advertised in accordance with existing HR procedures. The costs of the posts will be borne by the Corporate and Customer Services budget. Both posts will be reviewed at the end of two years. 

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

8. The costs of the posts will be borne by the Corporate and Customer Services budget.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

9. None.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

10. As with any employee appointment, there are contractual and/or employment law implications.

Crime and Disorder Implications

11. None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

12. The Intern (Equalities) postholder will be instrumental in developing the Council's approach to meeting forthcoming Welsh Language Standards.

Corporate/Service Objectives

13. Both postholders will contribute to objectives relating to Equalities and the Arts in the Corporate and Customer Services Service Plan.

Policy Framework and Budget

14. This report is in accord with the Council's policy framework and budget.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

15. Not applicable

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

16. Corporate Resources

Background Papers

None.

Contact Officer

Huw Isaac, Head of Performance and Development - 01446 709760

Officers Consulted

Sian Davies, Managing Director

Responsible Officer:

Sian Davies, Managing Directo