Agency Social Work Value for Money

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Dear Wirral Borough Council,

Please see the following request:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/so...

Please provide a cost comparison of the 13 social worker positions currently being filled by agency staff compared to equivalent employment by WBC.

Please express this by position, agency cost per hour, WBC cost per hour including all on-costs.

Please summarise what on-costs you have included.

Please state the difference in cost.

Please disclose which policy is used in using agency staff rather than attracting staff to the organisation through permanent recruitment.

Yours faithfully,

Pete Sheffield

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Morning,

Thank you for your email below.  Based on the initial response given by
the Council and shown at the hyperlink you provided; there are currently 9
Social Worker positions being filled by Agency Staff within Department of
Adult Social Services (DASS).  The detail you have requested is set out
in the table below.  There is currently no policy to disclose to you;
however the Council is currently drafting a Policy with regard to Agency
Workers.

Please note there has been an amended response to the original reply, sent
to the original requestor. 

I hope this information is useful to you.

Kind Regards

Jane Corrin

Information Manager

Wirral Council

 

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Job Title Agency Rate Max Sal On Costs Total Diff  
  £ £ £ £ £  
Social Worker  24.2 15.9876 4.156776 20.14438 4.05562 Per hour
Social Worker  x
4 32.61 15.9876 4.156776 20.14438 12.46562 Per hour
Social Worker 32.62 15.9876 4.156776 20.14438 12.47562 Per hour
Social Worker  x
4 36.8 15.9876 4.156776 20.14438 16.65562 Per hour
Social Worker 36.8 15.9876 4.156776 20.14438 16.65562 Per hour
On cost are based on 26% for Employers NI and Pension contributions

 

 

From: Pete Sheffield [mailto:[FOI #91075 email]]

Sent: 26 October 2011 11:06

To: InfoMgr, FinDMT

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Agency Social Work Value for
Money

 

 

     Dear Wirral Borough Council,

    

     Please see the following request:

    

    
[1]http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/so...

    

     Please provide a cost comparison of the 13 social worker positions

     currently being filled by agency staff compared to equivalent

     employment by WBC.

    

     Please express this by position, agency cost per hour, WBC cost per

     hour including all on-costs.

    

     Please summarise what on-costs you have included.

    

     Please state the difference in cost.

    

     Please disclose which policy is used in using agency staff rather

     than attracting staff to the organisation through permanent

     recruitment.

    

     Yours faithfully,

    

     Pete Sheffield

    

    

 

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

Would it be possible for you to present the information in a table, attachment or original excel spreadsheet please? I cannot understand the format provided in your response.

Yours sincerely,

Pete Sheffield

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Morning,
Thank you for your email, the format I have sent shows a table but I see on the actual reply below it has altered into a less user friendly version. I will resend today for you
Kind Regards
Jane Corrin

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Corrin, Jane, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Good Afternoon,
Please see attached spreadsheet which I have populated from the table of information.
Kind Regards
Jane Corrin

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Dear Corrin, Jane,

Thank you. From your information it seems at least one agency position is costing £25.19 per hour more than if they employed by you directly.

For a 35 hour week this would equate to £881.65.

If this was paid for 48 weeks, assuming 4 weeks annual leave, this would equate to £42,319.20 in additional costs.

I find it difficult how an overspending department, part of a cash strapped local authority can justify this as value for money and best use of tax payers money when essential services are under threat.

I look forward to your upcoming policy on agency spending.

Yours sincerely,

Pete Sheffield