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FOI 3772

Sickness absence

Request

I am carrying out a piece of research for my MBA looking at the sickness absence rates in Local Government in-house waste and street cleansing operations as well as the possible reasons for variation between organisations. I would very much appreciate some information from you in support of this research:-

  1. What is the post code for the headquarters of your organisation?  
  2. What is the total number of full time equivalent employees currently working in your organisation? 
  3. What was the total sickness absence level for your organisation for the period April 2010 to M arch 2011 (quoted as average number of days per FTE)?  
  4. Do you have an in-house or externalised waste collection service?  
  5. Do you have an in-house or externalised street cleansing service?  
  6. If either or both of these services are externalised, please can you name the organisation(s) which carries them out for you?  

(For the purposes of this research a partnership of in-house services with a neighbouring authority will still be considered as in-house but an arms length operation will be considered as externalised). 

If the answer to either or both questions 4 and 5 is ‘in-house’ please answer questions 7 to 11:-

    7.       How many staff are there currently in each of the in-house operations mentioned in question 4 and 5? 

    8.      For the year from April 2010 to March 2011 what was the sickness rate (average number of days per FTE) for each of these services (or both of them if the figures are combine d)? Please indicate if these figures include the supervisors, managers and administration staff in those departments or if they just apply to frontline operational staff? 

    9.      Does your organisation operate under a single status agreement that covers waste and street cleansing staff? If so, when did this come into effect?  

  10.        Does your organisation operate a bonus scheme that acts as an incentive for good attendance for these frontline waste and cleansing operatives?  

  11.       In exchange for a copy of the final research report and findings, would your organisation be willing to complete a slightly more detailed questionnaire around this topic (the name of your organisation can be kept confidential in the report if you wish)? If you can help, please provide details of the name, job title and email address for the relevant officer to send the questionnaire to?

Response

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request regarding sickness absence rates in waste and street cleansing operations at Brentwood Borough Council.

The information you have requested is as follows:

What is the post code for the headquarters of your organisation? CM15 8AY

What is the total number of full time equivalent employees currently working in your organisation? 280.56 as at 31.3.12

What was the total sickness absence level for your organisation for the period April 2010 to M arch 2011 (quoted as average number of days per FTE)? April 10 – March 11 = 10.36 days, April 11 – March 12 = 6.93 days

Do you have an in-house or externalised waste collection service? In-house

Do you have an in-house or externalised street cleansing service? In-house

If either or both of these services are externalised, please can you name the organisation(s) which carries them out for you? N/A

(For the purposes of this research a partnership of in-house services with a neighbouring authority will still be considered as in-house but an arms length operation will be considered as externalised).

If the answer to either or both questions 4 and 5 is ‘in-house’ please answer questions 7 to 11:-

How many staff are there currently in each of the in-house operations mentioned in question 4 and 5? Waste Collection 34, Street Cleansing 21

For the year from April 2010 to March 2011 what was the sickness rate (average number of days per FTE) for each of these services (or both of them if the figures are combine d)? Please indicate if these figures include the supervisors, managers and administration staff in those departments or if they just apply to frontline operational staff? Combined departments, 2010/11 21.19 days per FTE, 2011/12 9.7 days per FTE

Does your organisation operate under a single status agreement that covers waste and street cleansing staff? If so, when did this come into effect? We are currently undergoing a Single Status review, which is due to be completed in October 2012.

Does your organisation operate a bonus scheme that acts as an incentive for good attendance for these frontline waste and cleansing operatives? Yes, although this is currently being assessed as part of the Single Status review.