About Us

South West Councils brings local authorities together to ensure the best deal for their areas and has extensive experience of providing both employment support and training opportunities for local government staff...

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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.


Officer Development Services

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We have an extensive history of training staff and developing courses and events to meet the needs of people who work in local government, the wider public sector, not for profit organisations and the private sector.




Coaching Pool 

The South West  Coaching Pool has been established to share coaching resources across organisations through a managed service and shared cost approach.  Pool members receive professional  training for Coaches and access to free and/or discounted coaching sessions.

Officer Development Events 

We offer a wide range of training and development events.

In-house training

We also run a wide range of events on an in-house basis and will work with you to ensure that the content is tailored to your requirements and your learning objectives are met. 


Qualifications and Accredited Provision 

We offer qualifications and accredited provision for officers across a range of programmes:


We facilitate a number of networks which provide officers with an opportunity to share best practice, explore common issues and work together to achieve practical solutions. Networks include:

  • Member Support Officer and Member Development Officer Network
  • South West Learning and Development Network
  • Education Personnel Officers Group
  • South West Overview and Scrutiny Network
  • South West Equalities Network


Learning & Development Consultancy

We offer a consultancy service to help authorities develop their learning provision. Please contact us to discuss your requirements in detail. Possible areas of support include: 

  • Creation of Trainers Packs (and support for authorities using their own staff to deliver training)
  • Instructional Design
  • Programme Design
  • Facilitation Design
  • Toolkit for Workforce Development Planning