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Council's social work provision for children and adults

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Dear Staffordshire County 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

Access Information, Staffordshire County Council



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Information Governance Unit, Access Team

 

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Staffordshire Place 1,

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Stafford,

ST16 2DH

 

 

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Portch, David (S,G&C), Staffordshire County Council

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Dear Matt Richards and Anais Charles

Thank you for your request for information.

Our response is set out below and attached.

The bulk of the questions are answered in the spreadsheet, but the ‘current situation’ is shown below. This includes SWs, snr pracs and coordinators (Grade 9 and 10 roles) employed on permanent contracts, with casuals, team managers, ICCs, county managers etc excluded.

- How many permanent full time equivalent staff members are currently employed? 311 FTEs

- How many full time equivalent agency staff are currently employed covering permanent positions (not maternity or sick leave)? 39

- What are the names of the agencies used by the council to provide temporary social workers?
• 4recruitment Services Limited
• Ackerman Pierce Limited
• Bluecare Social Care
• Capita Resourcing
• Carbon60
• Caritas Recruitment Ltd
• Charles Hunter Associates Limited
• Diverse Rec Limited
• Eden Brown
• Executive Resource Group
• Liquid Personnel
• Only Social Care
• Recruitment Team Nine Limited
• Sanctuary Personnel Ltd
• Service Care Solutions Limited
• Tempest Resourcing Ltd
• Trentham Professional Recruitment Ltd
• Tripod Partners Ltd
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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)? Average of 3 applicants per position from 11/06/2018 to date

If you have any queries or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

In the first instance if you have any comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority, please write to Lian Stibbs, Access Manager, Information Governance, Information Governance Unit, Staffordshire County Council, 4th Floor, 1 Staffordshire Place, Stafford, ST16 2LP or [email address]

If you have any further comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority, please contact the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Regards
  
David Portch

Information Governance Unit
Staffordshire County Council
1 Staffordshire Place
Stafford
ST16 2DH

Telephone:  01785 278176

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