The Head of HR and OD briefly introduced the report and explained the main points. The production of case studies was in progress but had been delayed by Officers’ other commitments, including in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. There had been a slight improvement in relation to the gender pay gap, and although it was a slow process, this would continue.
Councillor Alder asked about LT’s decision not to make the presence of both males and females on selection panels mandatory, and also asked about the gender balance of LT itself.
The Head of HR and OD said that LT felt this measure might have been difficult to achieve and instead had decided to move forward with a ‘meet the team’ approach during recruitment. This meant potential staff met a wider array of Council staff during the interview process and were more likely to feel the Council was an inclusive employer. LT was currently comprised of six males and four females.
It was moved by Councillor Alder and seconded by Councillor Dumont that the recommendations, as detailed, be approved. After being put to the meeting and a vote taken, this motion was declared CARRIED.
RESOLVED – that (A) the report be noted; and
(B) the 2021/22 action plan be agreed.