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

Regional Policy and Strategy

On Tuesday 6 July 2010 Regional Strategies (including Regional Spatial Strategies or RSSs) were revoked with immediate effect.

Click here for more information.


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.


Working for the South West

South West Councils brings together the South West local authorities in the region to:

  • Provide a voice for constituent local authorities on major issues affecting the South West
  • Influence Government policy as it affects the region
  • Encourage partnership working between local authorities and other organisations and agencies in the South West on policy issues where a broader regional approach is required

Lobbying for the South West

  • Universal Credit letter
  • Funding for Personal Care at Home
  • Disabled Facilities Grant Allocation
  • Promoting the Prompt Payment Scheme
  • Promoting Public Sector Apprenticeships
  • Concessionary Bus Fare for the over 60s


In the past we carried out a number of policy reviews   looking at the needs of the South West and how they are being met.  For more information click here

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