Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (CORPORATE RESOURCES): 12TH JANUARY 2016
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 30 NOVEMBER 2015
C2995 SICKNESS ABSENCE REPORT – APRIL 2015 TO SEPTEMBER 2015 (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – CORPORATE RESOURCES) -
Cabinet was updated on the sickness absence information for the half year period 1 April, 2015 to 30 September, 2015.
The management of attendance and the levels of sickness absence were reported to Cabinet every six months. An action plan was outlined in the report to Cabinet on 27 July, 2015 to address the issue of sickness absence and the slight increase in levels in the previous 12 months. An update on progress was contained within the report and set out in detail in Appendix B as attached to the report. The report set out the sickness absence information for the period 1 April, 2015 to 30 September, 2015 which included corporate and schools employees. It also included details of sickness absence figures for the period 1 April, 2014 to 30 September, 2014 for comparative purposes.
The overall sickness absence rates (i.e. working time lost per FTE) over the period April to September were set out in the report with a comparison to the same point in previous years. The average days/shifts lost per FTE for the period April to September 2015 indicated a reduction on the half-year absence figures in comparison with 2014 (from 4.35 to 4.28 days lost per FTE). Overall sickness absence levels for the half-year to September 2015 had come in below the half-year target of 4.45 days/shifts per FTE.
A summary of the absence within each Directorate was set out in the report. A further breakdown of absence in each Service area was included within Appendix A as attached to the report. There continued to be a pattern of increasing sickness absence in the total corporate figures (5.35 days lost per FTE) when compared with 2013 (4.79 days lost per FTE) and 2014 (5.19 days lost per FTE).
An action plan was attached at Appendix B to the report. This contained arrangements to address sickness absence within each Directorate, including service specific considerations.
This was a matter for Executive decision
Cabinet, having considered the report and all the issues and implications contained therein
(1) T H A T the contents of the report and the sickness absence outturn provided in Appendix A to the report be noted.
(2) T H A T the progress of the action plan as attached in Appendix B to the report be noted.
(3) T H A T the report be referred to Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) for consideration.
(4) T H A T sickness absence figures continue to be reported to Cabinet every 6 months.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To bring matters to the attention of Members of the Cabinet in line with corporate objectives.
(2) To inform Members of the Cabinet of the progress in relation to the agreed management of attendance action plan.
(3) To enable the Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) to maintain a continued focus on the management of sickness absence throughout all services of the Council.
(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 – 30 NOVEMBER 2015