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Councils pilot total rewards scheme

23/06/2008

Three local councils will trial new total rewards statements, which hope to give workers a view of their workplace benefits, Personnel Today has reported.

The scheme will see Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire council work with flexible benefit provider, Vebnet, which will produce the statements from September.

The government has recommended councils consider introducing the records to counteract the perception of low pay and undervalued benefits.

"Councils need to look at other ways of holding on to their staff and getting them to think about what makes them great employers," said Gil Hibberd, corporate director, people and policy, Buckinghamshire council.

The statements hope to better communicate to employees the overall benefit their job provides, not just its pay.

With inflation rising, workers are pushing for increased pay offers. However, employers are reluctant to increase wages during a period of economic uncertainty – last week, Gordon Brown called for ministers to forego their annual pay increase.

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