HR and Employment Services

South West Councils has extensive experience of providing employment support.Leaflet image

Our team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists offer high quality independent Employment Advice free to member organisations including:

 We also provide consultancy (at discounted rates to member organisations) on:

Our services are summarised in a leaflet which can be downloaded Leaflet.

Members and Meetings

South West Councils: Working for the South West

South West Councils
Bringing together local authority Leaders from the County, Unitary and District councils in the South West.

Asylum and Migration in the South West


Epaycheck: National Pay Benchmarking Service

 Epaycheck is the national online pay benchmarking service developed for local government by local government.  It enables participating councils to share and compare pay and reward data for all Chief Officer roles and a range of other job families of sector-wide interest.  

Focused reports are produced periodically using data from Epaycheck.  These reports are available at no additional cost to authorities subscribing to the service, the annual subscription fee for which is currently a modest £200. 

Epaycheck Data Report
In September 2018 a report has been published entitled ‘Planning Roles: Pay, recruitment and retention’, responding to ongoing concerns about difficulty in recruiting and retaining planners. The report identifies variation in pay across the regions, explores recruitment and retention ratings and provides trend data on pay increases over recent years. 

We hope that this report demonstrates the value, quantity and depth of the data available on Epaycheck.  Users in subscribing organisations can also log in to Epaycheck to access all the information in ‘real time’, including new pre-set public reports providing full data on each job family at the touch of a button. 

For further information on the Epaycheck system please click here.  For any queries about the report or any aspect of Epaycheck, please contact your Regional Administrator, michele.evans@swcouncils.gov.uk.


Apprenticeships End-Point Assessment

SW Councils is an approved End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) with a focus on effective, efficient, economic and excellent delivery.  End-Point Assessment is scheduled and conducted through our online EPA system using recorded conferencing facilities, online tests and uploading of documentary evidence. Apprentices are supported as they progress through the gateway into the final stages of their apprenticeship assessments. Employers are able to monitor their apprentice’s progress at every point during the End-Point Assessment process using the system. Typically our EPA offer is around 13% of the recommended 20% of the standard funding making us an obvious choice to partner your organisation. 

Our Learning and Organisational Development team are experienced in large programme delivery including qualifications and development training. We operate in a robust and professional manner, ensuring our customers receive the very best service, delivered at excellent value. 

We have a growing catalogue of Apprenticeship Standards that we are approved to deliver EPA for:

We are continually monitoring the approval of new standards to expand our EPA offer.

 EPA Presentation

For more details and to register your interest as an Independent Assessor, email epa@swcouncils.gov.uk.