Agenda Item No. 4
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (CORPORATE RESOURCES): 9 SEPTEMBER 2015
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 27 JULY 2015
C2874 SICKNESS ABSENCE REPORT - APRIL 2014 TO MARCH 2015 (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – CORPORATE RESOURCES) –
Cabinet was updated on the sickness absence information for the period 1 April, 2014 to 31 March, 2015.
The report set out the sickness absence information for the period 1 April, 2014 to 31 March, 2015 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 sickness absence figures for the previous period (1 April, 2013 to 31 March, 2014), to assist performance monitoring of sickness absence over the two years, analyse trends, identify patterns and draw meaningful comparisons.
The total figures for the period April 2014 to March 2015 indicated an increase on last year's total absence figures, from 8.75 to 9.44 days per full-time equivalent employee (FTE). This represented an increase in absence of 0.69 days lost per FTE employee. Overall sickness absence levels for the reporting year had come in marginally above the annual target of 8.9 days/shifts per FTE.
A summary of the absence within each Directorate was set out in the report. Appendix A attached to the report provided a further breakdown of absence in each Service area. The top reasons for sickness absence in the Council over the reporting period April 2014 to March 2015 were listed with Stress remaining the main reason for days lost through sickness absence. Stress also remained the main reason for long-term absences with Viral Infections remaining the main reason recorded for short-term intermittent absences.
An Attendance Action Plan was contained in Appendix B as attached to the report. The Attendance Action Plan outlined the targeted approach to addressing the days/shifts lost through sickness absence and demonstrated the continued work and commitment of managers and employees in relation to the management of attendance.
Appendix C as attached to the report compared average sickness absence levels for local authorities in Wales and published statistics from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
This was a matter for Executive decision
(1) T H A T the report and the sickness absence outturn provided in Appendix A as attached to the report be noted.
(2) T H A T the report be referred to Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) for consideration.
(3) T H A T sickness absence figures continue to be reported to Cabinet every 6 months.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To note the contents of the report.
(2) To enable the Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) to maintain a continued focus on the management of sickness absence throughout all services of the Council.
(3) 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 – 27 JULY 2015