COUNCILORS have agreed on a reorganization of the main roles in County Council which is expected to cost around £ 400,000 per year.
Currently, the county council operates with a general manager and six directors – each responsible for a major area of the council’s work.
But under the plan – approved by the board’s employment committee on Wednesday, September 22) – directors would become “executive directors”.
And the current role of the Director of Environment and Infrastructure would be split in two – creating an “Executive Director of Environment and Transport” and an “Executive Director of Sustainable Growth”.
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In addition, as part of the changes, there would be an additional ‘Director of Sustainability’ and a ‘Director of Finance’ which would be reshaped from an existing Deputy Director.
The current deputy director of human resources would become “director”. And there would be a new “head of diversity and inclusion”.
The responsibilities of Deputy Director General would be added to one of the roles of Director General.
At the meeting, councilors learned that over the past 11 years there has been a significant reduction in the number of senior officers on the council – with more than a third fewer senior positions than in 2010.
And it has been said that there has been an increase in the volume and complexity of the work they are dealing with.
The partnership with the NHS and others – through the Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System and the Hertfordshire Growth Board – was highlighted.
And advisers also took into account the demands of the sustainable development program, the campaign for 100,000 more housing units in the county, decarbonization, and health and social service reforms.
At the meeting, Head of Council Cllr Richard Roberts highlighted the increasingly complex agenda facing the County Council.
And he suggested he got the impression that GM Owen Mapley was operating “with one hand tied behind his back.”
The changes were unanimously approved by the committee – which includes Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst and Labor group leader Cllr Judi Billing.
According to the report to the committee, the final annual costs associated with the changes will depend on the evaluation and the salaries offered.
But the report says they are expected to be in the range of £ 400,000.
New roles and changes to existing roles will be subject to a “job evaluation process”. And that assessment, the report says, will be aligned with the ongoing review of the “Future Workforce”.
As part of Future Workforce, the county council is reviewing the terms and conditions of a large number of staff.
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According to the county council, the process is designed to “bring about a simpler and more transparent workforce structure” – reducing the number of job descriptions and creating a smaller number of “job families”. “.
Compensation for most positions is expected to remain “in a similar range” to existing levels after the review.
However, some salaries for some roles are expected to increase, bringing them back in line with the job markets for similar roles in the South East.
And other roles will be reviewed to ensure they align with comparable roles elsewhere in the board.
When wages are deemed to be “above market rate”, it has been said that the individual incumbent will benefit from wage protection where his or her wages will be protected for two years.
The magazine “Future Workforce” was also discussed by the Employment Committee in a private meeting.