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The Times names the best councils to work for

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Survey has positive messages for those who work for a local authority and show top councils are better than the private sector.

The Times newspaper’s ‘Best Councils to Work for’ survey was published today.

Vale Royal Borough Council has been voted by staff as the best in working practices.

The results provide a detailed insight into the feelings of the UK’s council workers and reveal the top 20 best places to work. Statistics also provide a snapshot of how local authorities measure up to the private sector in the way they treat their staff and who they employ.

Top five best councils

Vale RBC
Wychavon DC
Rossendale BC
North Cornwall DC
Sevenoaks DC

Women feature in significant ways. Compared with the gender make-up of mid-sized companies, far more women work for councils. The percentage of female employees in councils is 63.9%, compared with 49.3% in the mid-sized companies.

Male-female staff ratios vary dramatically across the councils. At Shropshire CC 76% of employees are women. In Rossendale BC the figure is 39%.

“This survey has positive messages for those who work for a local authority, ” reports The Times. “The top five beat the private sector in other areas, particularly ‘making a positive difference’, which is hardly surprising as a council’s role is to support and develop their local community.

“Good news for council employees is that these top councils are also better than the private sector when it comes to providing staff with a good balance between work and home life,” concluded The Times.

The survey identifies the happiest and most productive workplaces by looking for strengths in eight key areas or “factors”:

* Leadership: how staff feel about the head of their council and its senior managers.
* My Manager: workers’ feelings towards their immediate boss and day-to-day managers.
* My Team: people’s feelings about their colleagues.
* My Council: feelings about the council people work for as opposed to the people they work with.
* Wellbeing: how employees feel about the pressures of the workplace and their home/work-life balance.
* Fair Deal: how happy the workforce is with pay and benefits.
* Personal Growth: whether staff feel challenged by their job, their skills are being used and if there is scope for advancement.
* Giving Something Back: how much staff think that their council puts back into society and the local community.

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