The Request

Received on 30 November 2017

From: 
Sent: 30 November 2017 11:43
To: IG_Disclosures
Subject: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing from the Labour Research Department, an independent trade union based research organisation and information provider, who maintain a database of collective agreements for various unions.  We request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act. 

1)    Name of unions which are signatories to your main collective agreement covering pay and conditions;

2)    Number of employees covered by the agreement;

3)    Lists of grades and current pay rates. Please indicate any agreed equivalence between the grade names used within the list and the following civil service grades:

        1) Administrative Assistant (AA)
        2) Administrative Officer (AO)
        3) Executive Officer (EO)
        4) Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
        5) Senior Executive Officer (SEO)
        6) Grade 7

        7) Grade 6

4)    Copy of latest pay settlement. If the latest pay settlement is based on the 1% maximum paybill increase set by the Treasury, please provide the following information on how the 1% has been applied:

        1) Have there been any changes to the pay scales?
        2) Are progression payments being paid?
        3) Are performance-related bonuses being paid?  If so, what are the arrangements for performance-related bonuses?

 

Many thanks,

Pay & Conditions
Labour Research Department
78 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8HF
 
 

Our Response

Responded on 21 December 2017

From: IG_Disclosures 
Sent: 21 December 2017 13:48
To: 
Subject: RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST (FOI_2017_80)

 

Case Reference: FOI_2017_80

21 December 2017 

Dear 

Thank you for your request for information dated 30 November 2017 concerning union and pay information. Your request has been handled under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 and has been passed to me for reply.

I can confirm, under section 1 (1) (a) of the FOIA, that the British Council does hold the information you have requested.

For your ease of reference, I have restated your questions below in bold and have provided our response beneath each question.

1)    Name of unions which are signatories to your main collective agreement covering pay and conditions;

Public and Commercial Services Union

2)    Number of employees covered by the agreement;

1522 employees at the end of November 2017

3)    Lists of grades and current pay rates. Please indicate any agreed equivalence between the grade names used within the list and the following civil service grades:

        1) Administrative Assistant (AA)
        2) Administrative Officer (AO)
        3) Executive Officer (EO)
        4) Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
        5) Senior Executive Officer (SEO)
        6) Grade 7
        7) Grade 6
 
Pay Band Civil Service Grade Min Max
4 Administrative Assistant (AA) / Administrative Officer (AO) £16,050 £18,573
6 Executive Officer (EO) £19,564 £24,271
7 Higher Executive Officer (HEO) £26,016 £33,112
8 Senior Executive Officer (SEO) £32,748 £47,759
Senior managers and professionals Grade 7 & Grade 6 £48,908 £91,800

 

4)    Copy of latest pay settlement. If the latest pay settlement is based on the 1% maximum paybill increase set by the Treasury, please provide the following information on how the 1% has been applied:

Our last pay settlement was an average 1% increase across all grades linked to performance. 

        1) Have there been any changes to the pay scales? 

In August 2017 we increased the minimum of pay band 4 by 3.8% and the rest of the pay bands minimums were increased by 1%; we increased all pay band maximums by 2%

        2) Are progression payments being paid?

We do not have automatic pay progression, we paid performance related salary increases in August 2018.  .

        3) Are performance-related bonuses being paid?  If so, what are the arrangements for performance-related bonuses?

Performance related bonuses are paid to all staff. All performance bonuses are both pro-rated for part time employees and employees with less than a full year of service.

I hope the information provided has been useful. 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: 

Information Governance Advisor (Disclosures)
Information Governance and Risk Management 
British Council
Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
Manchester
M1 6BB 

Email: IGDisclosures@britishcouncil.org 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner for a decision at: 

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
 
Phone: 0303 123 1113 
 
Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Advisor (Disclosures) | Information Governance and Risk Management Team