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Salaries, Benefits & Union

Staffing information

Gender pay gap

Our pay system is designed to ensure men and women are paid equally for carrying out work of equal value. 

Trade Union facility time 2018/19

  • Number of staff who are Union Representatives: 3 and 0.28 FTE
  • Number of Union Representatives who devote at least 50% of their time to Union duties: None
  • Trade Unions represented at Dover District Council: Unison and GMB (MPO)
  • Estimate of spending on Unions: £9,823
  • Estimate of spending on Unions as a percentage of the total pay bill: 0.001% 

Apprenticeship Statutory Return

Dover District Council’s total number of employees was 302 as at 31 March 2017, the day before the first day of the reporting period. Of those 302 employees one of them was an apprentice.

During the first reporting period (1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018), Dover District Council employed a further 83 members of staff. Seven apprentices began to work for Dover District Council in that same period. This includes employees who were already working for Dover District Council before beginning their apprenticeship, as well as new apprentice hires. 

At the end of the reporting period (31 March 2018), Dover District Council’s total number of employees was 317 due to staff leaving and joining the organisation. Eight of Dover District Council’s total headcount on 31 March 2018 were apprentices.

Therefore, Dover District Council has achieved 2.32% in the first year of the 2.3% yearly target.

Dover District Council has adopted an updated Apprenticeship Policy as part of its Apprenticeship, Graduate Placement and Work Experience Scheme. It has also adopted a Apprenticeship Pay Policy. Through the Council's Officer Employment Management Group the apprenticeship programme is carefully managed to ensure that apprenticeships are strategically placed across the Council.

To date apprenticeship opportunities have been opportune placements, where vacancies have arisen, releasing the salary budget. Going forward, the Council will look to allocate an apprenticeship salary budget and create higher level apprenticeships, to allow for strategic placements across the Council and to ensure that the levy is fully committed. This strategy will start to be achieved with the next apprenticeship - Solicitor apprenticeship. Planned programme of apprenticeships, linked to our Workforce Strategy and succession planning.

Dover District Council are currently considering an ILM level 3 apprenticeship for middle managers too.



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