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Agenda Item No. 6

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (CORPORATE RESOURCES): 9 DECEMBER 2014

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 28 NOVEMBER 2014

 

 

C2547            SICKNESS ABSENCE REPORT – APRIL 2014 TO SEPTEMBER 2014 (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – CORPORATE RESOURCES) -

 

 

Cabinet was updated on the half-yearly sickness absence information for the period 1 April, 2014 to 30 September, 2014.

 

The report set out the half-yearly sickness absence information for the period 1 April, 2014 to 30 September, 2014 and covered both corporate employees and those employed directly by schools. The outturn figures had been measured against the agreed targets for the financial year.

 

The report also included details of comparative sickness absence figures for the same period in the previous year, 1 April 2013 to 30 September 2013, to assist performance monitoring of sickness absence over the two years and to draw meaningful comparisons.

 

The sickness absence for employees who were in Corporate and Customer Services for quarter 1 had been included in the relevant Directorate to which they transferred as part of the recent Directorate review. This allowed for meaningful comparisons across the whole of the financial year 2014-15 and onwards. Further information could be found in Appendix A attached to the report.

 

A summary of sickness absence within each Directorate was set out below and a further breakdown of absence within each Service area was included at Appendix B attached to the report. 

 

 

 

April to Sept 2013

April to Sept 2014

 

 

Directorate

Average days / shifts lost per FTE

Average days / shifts lost per FTE

Half-year target

Revised annual target

Social Services

5.42

6.31

5.46

10.92

Development Services

3.07

2.96

2.66

  5.31

Visible and Housing Services

6.93

6.42

5.87*

11.74*

Resources

3.21

4.00

4.29*

  8.57*

Learning and Skills

3.41

4.04

3.39*

  6.77*

Totals - excluding Schools

4.79

5.19

4.45

  8.90

Schools

3.27

3.53

 

 

Totals - including Schools

4.05

4.35

4.45

  8.90

 

A representation of the top three reasons for absence by Directorate was set out in Appendix C attached to the report.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the report and the sickness absence outturn provided in Appendix A attached to the report be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T the report be referred to Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) for information.

 

(3)       T H A T Directorate targets be revised to include the percentage of staff who have transferred following implementation of the Corporate and Customer Services restructure as set out within Appendix A attached to the report.

 

(4)       T H A T sickness absence figures be reported to Cabinet every 6 months or earlier if required.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To note the sickness absence outturn provided in Appendix A attached to the report.

 

(2)       To enable the Scrutiny Committee to maintain a continued focus on the management of sickness absence throughout all services of the Council.

 

(3)       To reallocate the overall corporate sickness absence targets across relevant Directorates to reflect the changes of staffing levels following the Corporate and Customer Services restructure.

 

(4)       To provide Members with the opportunity to review sickness absence in relation to the Management of Absence policy, monitor progress and compare outturn against set targets, on a half-yearly basis.

 

 

 

Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 28 NOVEMBER 2014

 

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