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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 Conference 2018

26 June 2018, Taunton Racecourse

AmyWe recently had our Annual Coaching & Mentoring Conference (check out our video) and once again had over 100 participants.  We had some amazing contributors and participants were really well engaged and full of energy in spite of it being one of the hottest days of the year.  Evaluation comments included:

“Best conference yet – great variety, thank you!”

Great value for money with a packed agenda”

“This was my first conference and I was not disappointed. Looking forward to the next event”

“Excellent day as usual, very thought provoking and reflective”

We have already got the programme for our 7th Annual Conference which will be on 26 June at Taunton Racecourse.  We have our opening keynote speaker, Aboodi Shabi and our closing keynote, Clare Norman and we are expecting it to be bigger and better than this year.

This popular conference attracts coaches and those interested in a coaching approach from the public and private sectors as well as independent coaches and we want to give anyone in the coaching community the opportunity to share experience, research findings or personal views on coaching at our conference.

Workshop choices include:

Aboodi Shabi
Creating Connected Presence
Working with Mood and Emotions in Coaching
Expanding Your Range as a Coach – Working with the Archetypes in Coaching

Hazel Russo   
Lumination: A Coaching Board Game in Action!

Michelle Lucas and Carol Whitaker  
Peer Supervision: A versatile guide 

Erica Sosna
Career Coaching: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Using GC Index in Coaching


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