HR and Employment Services

South West Councils has extensive experience of providing employment support.Leaflet image

Our team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists offer high quality independent Employment Advice free to member organisations including:

 We also provide consultancy (at discounted rates to member organisations) on:

Our services are summarised in a leaflet which can be downloaded Leaflet.

Members and Meetings

South West Councils: Working for the South West

South West Councils
Bringing together local authority Leaders from the County, Unitary and District councils in the South West.

Asylum and Migration in the South West


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.


South West Strategic Migration Partnership

About the issue

Migration is a vitally important issue in the South West of England. It is an attractive destination for migrant workers, who contribute their skills and labour to increasing economic prosperity, and is also home to a number of Asylum Seekers and Refugees, many of whom have left their own families and country behind to escape persecution.

Migration brings a number of benefits to the area but there are also a number of challenges - such as ensuring migrants are able to access local services, can receive appropriate information and are able to integrate into the community.

The South West Migration Partnership Board was formed by South West Councils to bring together key stakeholders and address the various challenges around migration that are faced in the South West. The Board plays an overarching role in developing a strategic approach to migration and in ensuring that elected members are able to take ownership of the issues. It reports to the wider membership of South West Councils on its activity.

Specific work is carried out by two sub groups known as the South West Forum for Migrant Workers and the South West Forum for Asylum Seekers & Refugees.

For more information on Migrant Worker issues click here.

For more information on Asylum Seekers and Refugees issues click here.

Membership and terms of reference

The Board includes Local Authority Members, the Home Office's Regional Director, and the Chairs of the Migrant Worker and Asylum Seeker and New Refugees Forums. The terms of reference and full membership list of the Board are here.

Links with National Organisations

The South West is represented on a number of national groups which consider migration related issues across the whole country. These include:
•  the Home Office National Migration Group and Refugee Integration Group
•  the LGA Asylum and Refugee Task Group


South West Councils receives an annual grant from the Home Office for the work of the migration partnership. The grant funds the achievement of key performance indicators agreed between the partnership and the Home Office and is implemented through the partnership’s Business Plan.

NPRF Network:

The NPRF Network Web-tool can be accessed here


• Migrant Workers
• Asylum Seekers and Refugees