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Epaycheck: National Pay Benchmarking Service

 Epaycheck is the national online pay benchmarking service developed for local government by local government.  It enables participating councils to share and compare pay and reward data for all Chief Officer roles and a range of other job families of sector-wide interest.  

Focused reports are produced periodically using data from Epaycheck.  These reports are available at no additional cost to authorities subscribing to the service, the annual subscription fee for which is currently a modest £200. 

Epaycheck Data Report
In September 2018 a report has been published entitled ‘Planning Roles: Pay, recruitment and retention’, responding to ongoing concerns about difficulty in recruiting and retaining planners. The report identifies variation in pay across the regions, explores recruitment and retention ratings and provides trend data on pay increases over recent years. 

We hope that this report demonstrates the value, quantity and depth of the data available on Epaycheck.  Users in subscribing organisations can also log in to Epaycheck to access all the information in ‘real time’, including new pre-set public reports providing full data on each job family at the touch of a button. 

For further information on the Epaycheck system please click here.  For any queries about the report or any aspect of Epaycheck, please contact your Regional Administrator, michele.evans@swcouncils.gov.uk.


SW Coaching and Mentoring Pool: Oganisations in Membership

Organisation in Pool Membership:

Established in late 2011 the South West Coaching Pool has the following organisations participating:


Avon and Somerset Constabulary

East Devon District Council

Sedgemoor District Council

Taunton Deane Borough Council

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Somerset County Council

Tewkesbury Borough Council

Devon County Council

Homes & Communities Agency (SW)

South Gloucestershire Council

 West Devon Borough Council 

Devon and Somerset Fire

Mid Devon District Council

South Hams District Council

West Dorset Council

Dorset County Council

Mendip District Council

South Somerset District Council

West Somerset Council

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

North Dorset

South West Councils

Westward Housing Group

Exeter City Council

North Somerset Council

Stroud District Council

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council


 Swindon Borough Council

 Wiltshire Constabulary


Wiltshire Council

(correct as at January 2018)