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JOB EVALUATION AND SINGLE STATUS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

 

I currently work contractual overtime. What happens to that?

Contractual elements of pay will be preserved and you will be required to continue to work it. In line with service requirements, contractual overtime will be reviewed and will be subject to further discussions with trade unions/workforce

Will local agreements still be authorised?

This will need to be reviewed on a case by case basis.  The aim of the revised terms and conditions package is to reduce and remove local agreements.  These may then be considered as part of further service reviews

If there are still jobs to be evaluated, how can single status be implemented?

Although you personally may not have been evaluated, you may be part of a larger occupational group of employees where we have chosen a representative sample of posts.  This allows us to match the remaining posts within the occupational group into this job role.  There are also a small number of jobs not finalised or not evaluated.  If you are in this position, you will stay on you existing pay until your job evaluation is complete.  You will then be placed on the appropriate grade on the new pay scale.  We are committed to complete the job evaluation exercise for all jobs which have not been evaluated as soon as possible

Holding letters - what is the timescale for the people who have not been evaluated to be done?

All evaluations will be completed by 16th August.

If pay decreases, and I have to cover a post graded above me, can I refuse to cover these duties in light of differing pay scales/terms and conditions?

The aim is to ensure we reward employees appropriately. It would be for the manager to consider theses issues on an individual basis.

Can term time employees (catering assistants) buy additional holidays?

No, as term time employees will require to take holidays in line with schools.

Can 52 week admin employees in schools buy additional leave?

Yes, but only if currently those employees are not required to take annual leave holidays in line with school holidays. Classroom assistants are currently contracted to be based in a specific school, but PSAs are contracted to the authority.

How will this change with the creation of the School Assistant post?

This is for further discussion with Children and Community but there should be no immediate change as there are several issues relating to the School Assistant post that need to be addressed.

There are several things wrong in the Overview e.g. in the Overview for Mental Skills it says:  There is no requirement for forward scheduling or to develop plans for future actions, activities or events.   How should I get this amended?

This would be the subject of an appeal.

Will Senior home care workers get paid 10% shift allowance on top of the hourly rate of £10 something?

If they regularly work out with core hours as part of their normal working week then they will receive the appropriate shift payment.

I am a home help on 23 and some of my colleagues are on 25 but doing the same shift, can you tell why there is a difference?

It could be to do with the assimilation as other colleague may have been on higher contractual earnings and would therefore have been assimilated to higher grade to minimise loss. Home Carers are all on Grade 1 level 4 and have been matched as follows:

  • Matched to SCP 23 hourly rate = £8.51   (£8.51x21x52.14) = £9,319
  • If non core allowance of 10% -   £8.51x21x52.14 x 10% = £10,251
  • Matched to SCP 25 hourly rate = £8.77 (£8.77x21x52.14) = £9,603
  • If non core allowance of 10% - £8.77x21x52.14 x 10% = £10,563

If you change your hours or go job share does the preservation still stand and if so will it still stand with any allowances that used to be paid i.e. shift allowance?

If employee goes job share (or gets flexible working) in their current post then their current contractual earnings will continue to be preserved pro rata for the 3 years.  If employee applies to job share a different post (i.e. enters into a new contract) then they will receive the salary applicable to that post with no preservation.

Home carers - why have they been put on 4 different rates?

They are all on same grade but differentials could be to do with the assimilation as other colleague may have been on higher contractual earnings and would therefore have been assimilated to higher grade to minimise loss. Home Carers are all on Grade 1 level 4  and have been matched as follows:

  • Matched to SCP 23 hourly rate = £8.51   (£8.51x21x52.14) = £9,319
  • If non core allowance of 10% -   £8.51x21x52.14 x 10% = £10,251
  • Matched to SCP 25 hourly rate = £8.77 (£8.77x21x52.14) = £9,603
  • If non core allowance of 10% - £8.77x21x52.14 x 10% = £10,563

37 hour janitors work 42.5 just now, if this continues do they get 5.5 hours at time and a half, can you clarify. Under the freedom of information act, are we entitled to see the new grading model to assess everyone’s new grade as we can see discrepancies within the janitors grading as it is at present?  Is contractual overtime being paid over and above the new pay scale?

Children and Community are working on these issues and other issues relating to janitorial staff.  If there is a requirement to work overtime then overtime payments will be made.  If a janitor has 5.5 hours preserved as contractual pay then he is already being paid for these hours so would need to work more than 42.5 hours to get additional overtime.  I have queried what will happen after a pay award as this janitor (and anyone else on preservation) will technically be on a reduced preservation and they have agreed to look at this.  In relation to the entitlement to see grading model this will be available but you do not have a right to see a specific individual’s salary.

When will the new grading model, showing posts and relevant grades, be available?

This is currently being worked on and will be available to the trades unions as soon as possible.

A PSA has worked 27.5 hours for last year.  She will revert to her 15 hour permanent post in August 2009. Will her back pay be based on 15 or 27.5 hours?

Back pay will be based on the actual hours worked between 16th august 2008 and 16th August 2009.

Senior Care Social Workers receive a payment once per year for contribution with Mental Health Care. Will they still receive this?

Currently Social Workers need to do 2 pieces of work to receive additional £750 allowance however this needs to be reviewed. Next payment would be due in February 2010 and this should be resolved by then as Service Manager is addressing the way we provide Mental Health Act cover.  He has contacted other local authorities to see how this has been handled and will report back with recommendation.

Sheltered Housing Warden and janitors are querying why there is a difference in their increment with no difference in their job in comparison to their colleagues?

Employees have been assimilated to grades as near to their current salary as possible in an attempt to minimise loss.  Discrepancies could be caused as some employees who formerly got an allowance on top of their salary could potentially be assimilated to a higher grade than a colleague with longer service who did not receive allowances.  Sheltered House Wardens had previously been graded in accordance with the number of tenants they had but are now graded according to responsibility (which takes no account of number of people you are responsible for) this has meant that SHW in larger units previously on RW4 have gone down and those in smaller units on SW2 have gone up.