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Frequently asked questions about human resources

Find out answers to the most common questions we get asked about our human resources department (Freedom of Information).

Contracts

How many staff have been employed on relief contracts?

2021/22 - 262
2020/21 - 269
2019/20 - 268
2018/19 - 220
2017/18 - 437

Disciplinary cases

What was the total number of council employees suspended on full pay and the total amount they were paid? What was the reason for suspension in each case?

Disciplinary cases
 Sections includeReasons include

2021/22

29 employees suspended
Total amount paid: £276,943.47

  • Corporate Services
  • Social Services
  • Education
  • Place
  • Breach of education workforce council code of conduct
  • Criminal conduct outside of the workplace
  • Failure to follow Covid rules
  • Inappropriate conduct
  • Theft
  • Failure to follow policies and procedures

2020/21

15 employees suspended
Total amount paid: £218,432.21

  • Social Services
  • Education
  • Place
  • Inappropriate conduct in the workplace
  • Breach of trust and confidence
  • Failure to follow professional code of conduct
  • Criminal conduct outside of the workplace
  • Theft
  • Breach of health and safety
  • Using council property for private use
  • Conduct that adversely impacts an employee suitability to carry out their role
  • Falsification of authority documents
2019/20TBCTBC

2018/19

8 employees suspended
Total amount paid: £7,6231.86

  • Social Services
  • Education
  • Place
  • Inappropriate conduct in the workplace
  • Unauthorised absence
  • Failure to follow policies and procedures

2017/18

19 employees suspended
Total amount paid: £234,793.68

  • Social services
  • Education
  • Resources
  • Waste management
  • Economic regeneration and planning
  • Housing and public protection
  • Catering and cleaning
  • Highways and transportation
  • Inappropriate conduct in the workplace
  • Criminal conduct outside the workplace
  • Alleged theft
  • Failure to follow policies and procedures
  • Violation of health and safety
  • Safeguarding concerns

How many suspended employees subsequently returned?

2021/22 - 10 returned to work with warning, 1 returned to work no case to answer, 5 dismissed, 2 resigned (there are 11 ongoing investigations)
2020/21 - 4 (there are 6 ongoing investigations)
2019/20 - TBC
2018/19 - 4 (there are ongoing investigations)
2017/18 - 8 (there are ongoing investigations)

It should be noted that suspension is not deemed as a disciplinary sanction and employees are not suspended as a matter of course. Due consideration of the necessity to suspend is taken and reviewed throughout the process to ensure that there is a continued need for suspension. Suspension is always considered as a last resort and handled with tact and sensitivity. If no purpose would be served in suspending the employee, then suspension will not be appropriate. An employee who is suspended will receive his /her normal / average pay. It will be unusual to suspend an employee who is unfit for work at the time suspension is considered. In circumstances where an employee is suspended whilst receiving less than full pay (or no pay) under the terms of his/her contract of employment, the reduced level of payment will be paid during the period of suspension.

Employer equality data

Gender pay gap reporting

Pensions

Information about pensions and fund investments can be found at: Annual report and accounts (City and County of Swansea Pension Fund)

Employer’s pensions discretions policy 2021 (PDF) [773KB]

Recruitment

How many staff were appointed during the following periods?

2021/22 - 1,573
2020/21 - 817
2019/20  - 865
2018/19 - 649
2017/18 - 847

How much has the council spent on the external advertising of job vacancies during the following periods? 

2021/22 - £43,853.75
2020/21 - £39,548.15
2019/20 - £7,412.34
2018/19 - £26,649
2017/18 - £46,381

Salaries

Details of salaries can be found in the pay policy: available on Council policy search

Council policies relating to pay can be found in the Council policy search

Sick leave

How many working days were lost to staff sickness per full-time equivalent (FTE)? What were the main 3 reasons given as reasons for sickness?

2021/22
116,913.6 - top 3 reason include stress, coronavirus, miscellaneous

2020/21
82,955.87 - top 3 reason include stress, coronavirus, hospitalisation

2019/20
83,461.5 - top 3 reason include stress, hospitalisation, back injury

2018/19
94,673.45 - top 3 reason include stress, hospitalisation, back injury

2017/18
86,769.50 - top 3 reasons include stress, hospitalisation, back injury

Staff/senior staff

How many staff are employed by the council?

As at 31 Mar 2022 - total - 11,397

  • Non schools - 6,291
  • Schools - 5,106

As at 31 Mar 2021 - total - 10,937

  • Non schools - 6,045
  • Schools - 4,892

As at 31 Mar 2020 - total - 10,954

  • Non schools - 6,062
  • Schools - 4,892

As at 31 March 2019 - total of 11,053

  • Non schools - 6,158
  • Schools - 4,895

As at 31 March 2018 - total of 11,232 

  • Non schools - 6509
  • Schools - 4723

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Schools

How many days lost to ill health? How many staff retired? How many staff have been dismissed?

School staff
YearDays lost to ill healthNumber of staff retiredNumber of staff dismissed
2021/2240,122.85438
2020/2129,236.65384
2019/2029,211.533920
2018/1931,251.734310
2017/1833,352.75699

 The figures are for teaching and ancillary staff (including teaching assistants and admin staff).

Gender pay gap reporting

We are required to analyse our workforce data to understand whether there is a gender pay gap under the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) regulations 2017 for employers with 250 employees or more, based on a 'snapshot date'.
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