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Council's social work provision for children and adults

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Dear Slough Borough Council,

This request concerns the Council's social work provision for both children and adults for the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 budget years.

Should the following questions exceed your time and budgetary restrictions, we ask that as per Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act you kindly assist us in formulating our request before the statutory 20 days waiting time. We are available to discuss this over the phone on 07940074548 if more convenient.

First, please provide a basic definition for permanent social workers and a definition for agency workers (i.e. staff who are used temporarily to cover shortfalls in permanent staffing levels).

Then for each of the three years separately, please detail:

Wage:
a) the average annual salary for permanent social workers in the team, and the annual salary for the most junior level of permanent social worker you employ.
b) The hourly equivalent of these annual salaries, based only on working hours and not on allotted annual leave, bank holidays, development days etc. (i.e. annual salary divided by contracted work hours)
c) the average hourly wage for agency staff.
d) the agency fee, and how this works, i.e. is it a one off up-front cost or an hourly commission for each agency staff member? If it is the latter, please highlight whether this is included within the hourly agency staff wage or is an additional cost on top.

Hours:
a) the total number of annual contracted hours for permanent social workers. Please divide this into working hours, and non-working hours (i.e. annual leave entitlement, bank holidays, development days etc.).
b) the actual number of permanent staff hours worked in total across the whole team.
c) the actual number of agency staff hours worked in total.
d) The percentage of total agency hours that covered permanent staff vacancies, rather than maternity or sick leave.
e) the average timeframe that individual agency staff members worked within the service (i.e. how long do they normally stay?).

Benefits:
a) Any additional benefits offered/given to permanent staff members including pension contributions (and the total cost of these), and any additional benefits offered/given to agency staff members, including pension contributions (and the total cost of these).
b) Any costs that permanent staff members can claim back, but which agency staff members have to absorb themselves - for example travel/petrol costs. In such cases, please detail the total cost of these permanent staff claims.
c) Any incentives you offer as part of the recruitment of social workers, either to social workers themselves or recruitment consultants, for example relocation packages (and the cost of these).

Total Cost:
a) The total cost of permanent staff members and the total cost of agency staff members.

Then, looking at the current situation:
How many permanent full time equivalent staff members are currently employed?
how many full time equivalent agency staff are currently employed covering permanent positions (not maternity or sick leave)?
What are the names of the agencies used by the council to provide temporary social workers?
What was the number of applications you had for the last five permanent social worker roles that were advertised (and over what time-period this was)?

If there are questions for which you do not hold the information, please tell us why this is, where this information can be found, and who to contact.

Please provide all information in a machine readable format, i.e. an Excel spreadsheet or similar, and not in a scanned pdf format.

Thank you in advance,

Matt Richards and Anais Charles

FOI, Slough Borough Council

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Dear Matt

 

Please find attached 2 documents covering temp staff and permanent staff
in Adult Social Care.

 

It has been determined by the ICO that Slough children services trust who
run children’s services in Slough are not subject to the FOI act.

Please see their response below.

 

 

Please be advised that as Slough Children’s Services Trust is a private
limited company they are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

Slough Children’s Services Trust will not respond to requests where they
are the data controller this includes HR records including staffing and
finance information including budgets.

Financial Information for Slough Children’s Services Trust is available
via Companies House – [1]Slough Children’s Services Trust, Companies House
Filing History.

Workforce data for Slough Children’s Services Trust is available via
Department of Education – [2]Children’s social work workforce returns.

 

 

Regards, SBC FOI Officer

 

 

 

 

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From: M Richards[[3]SMTP:[email address]]

Sent: 11 June 2018 13:25:25

To: FOI

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Council's social work provision
for children and adults Auto forwarded by a Rule

 

Dear Slough Borough Council,

 

This request concerns the Council's social work provision for both
children and adults for the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 budget years.

 

Should the following questions exceed your time and budgetary
restrictions, we ask that as per Section 16 of the Freedom of Information
Act you kindly assist us in formulating our request before the statutory
20 days waiting time. We are available to discuss this over the phone on
07940074548 if more convenient.

 

First, please provide a basic definition for permanent social workers and
a definition for agency workers (i.e. staff who are used temporarily to
cover shortfalls in permanent staffing levels).

 

Then for each of the three years separately, please detail:

 

Wage:

a)            the average annual salary for permanent social workers in
the team, and the annual salary for the most junior level of permanent
social worker you employ.

b)  The hourly equivalent of these annual salaries, based only on working
hours and not on allotted annual leave, bank holidays, development days
etc. (i.e. annual salary divided by contracted work hours)

c)            the average hourly wage for agency staff.

d)            the agency fee, and how this works, i.e. is it a one off
up-front cost or an hourly commission for each agency staff member? If it
is the latter, please highlight whether this is included within the hourly
agency staff wage or is an additional cost on top.

 

Hours:

a)            the total number of annual contracted hours for permanent
social workers. Please divide this into working hours, and non-working
hours (i.e. annual leave entitlement, bank holidays, development days
etc.).

b)  the actual number of permanent staff hours worked in total across the
whole team.

c)  the actual number of agency staff hours worked in total.

d)            The percentage of total agency hours that covered permanent
staff vacancies, rather than maternity or sick leave.

e)            the average timeframe that individual agency staff members
worked within the service (i.e. how long do they normally stay?).

 

Benefits:

a)            Any additional benefits offered/given to permanent staff
members including pension contributions (and the total cost of these), and
any additional benefits offered/given to agency staff members, including
pension contributions (and the total cost of these).

b)            Any costs that permanent staff members can claim back, but
which agency staff members have to absorb themselves - for example
travel/petrol costs. In such cases, please detail the total cost of these
permanent staff claims.

c)            Any incentives you offer as part of the recruitment of
social workers, either to social workers themselves or recruitment
consultants, for example relocation packages (and the cost of these).

 

Total Cost:

a)            The total cost of permanent staff members and the total cost
of agency staff members.

 

Then, looking at the current situation:

How many permanent full time equivalent staff members are currently
employed?

how many full time equivalent agency staff are currently employed covering
permanent positions (not maternity or sick leave)?

What are the names of the agencies used by the council to provide
temporary social workers?

What was the number of applications you had for the last five permanent
social worker roles that were advertised (and over what time-period this
was)?

 

If there are questions for which you do not hold the information, please
tell us why this is, where this information can be found, and who to
contact.

 

Please provide all information in a machine readable format, i.e. an Excel
spreadsheet or similar, and not in a scanned pdf format.

 

Thank you in advance,

 

Matt Richards and Anais Charles

 

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