Council's groundbreaking pay deal will aid retention

Reade, Quentin
September 2003
Personnel Today;9/2/2003, p2
Trade Publication
Surrey County Council has just established a groundbreaking three-year pay deal with staff. Negotiated with unions at a local level, the deal will affect around 16,000 employees. Head of HR at the council, Gra-ham White, believes the agreement will help recruitment and retention, and allow the HR team to focus on strategy. White said the HR team researched the deal and developed the foundation to build the agreement's content. Over the next two years, base pay rates will rise by 3.25 per cent, but this figure could be revised if inflation is 2 per cent or more above or below this figure. In all, the deal is worth 11 per cent over the three years on a pay bill of £ 216m. Pay for around 800 care assistants will increase 19 per cent over the three years.


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