Decision details

Response to the Committee on Recruitment & Retention Payments for Fleet Technicians

Decision Maker: Employment Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No


A report was presented to the 11th March 2019 Employment Committee by Oliver Starkey, Head of Service for Public and Integrated Transport related to the recruitment and retention of technicians in Fleet Services.

This meeting resolved that

i) Consideration of the report be deferred pending a review of the council's fleet service operations by external consultants.
ii) That a report on the review findings in relation to staffing related matters be presented to the committee.

The review by the external consultant's has been completed and in relation to the pay of skilled vehicle and plant technicians have recommended that an increase in salary should be based on additional responsibilities and requirements rather than a recruitment and retention payment.

This report outlines the changes in the posts that are proposed by the service. The proposed revised job role has been assessed under the council's Job Evaluation process


(Not for Publication – Exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act, 1972. It was considered that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interests in disclosing the information).


The committee considered a report from Phil Durnell, Director of Highways and Transport, regarding the review of the Fleet Service conducted by external consultants and their recommendations. 


In response to questions the following information was confirmed:

·  'Re-tread' tyres referred to the use of a tool by the service to refurbish tyres. This was considered a best practice process across the industry and would result in significant savings. 


·  The leadership team was confident that the recommended changes in the report were deliverable and would be supported by development days planned with the external consultant. Some of the processes identified to realise savings were already in place.


·  Any changes to IT systems and processes would be compliant with statutory requirements and be easy to operate.


Resolved:  That


(i)  The review of Fleet Services and the resulting recommendations of the external consultant, as presented, be noted.


(ii)  The steps taken by the service to implement the recommendations, as presented, be noted.


Report author: Andrew Burrows

Date of decision: 10/02/2020

Decided at meeting: 10/02/2020 - Employment Committee

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