Trade union facility time

The Local Government Transparency Code 2014 requires local authorities to publish the following information on trade union facility time:

2018/19

The Local Government Transparency Code 2014 and The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017, requires local authorities to publish the following information on trade union facility time.  

Section One - The Local Government Transparency Code 2014

1. The total number (absolute number and full time equivalent) of staff who are union representatives - including general, learning and health and safety.

UNISON
Actual representative (works full time on union duties) = 1.00 FTE
Actual representatives (work part time on union duties) = 0.165 FTE.

GMB
Actual representative (works part time on union duties) = 0.000 FTE.

UNITE
Actual representatives (work part time on union duties) = 1.21 FTE.

2. The total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of union representatives who devote at least fifty percent of their time to union activities. 

Number of representatives
Total actual 1
Total FTE 1

3. The names of all the trade unions represented in the local authority.

  • UNISON
  • GMB
  • UNITE

4. A basic estimate of spending on unions (calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary). 

Mean salary in the council as published in the 2019 pay policy statement = 
2018/19: £32,653.00
2017/18: £31,608 

Basic estimate of spending = 
2018/19: £41,795.84
2017/18: £41,090.40

5. A basic estimate of spending on unions as a percentage of the total pay bill (calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary divided by the total pay bill).

Figures Percentage
Basic estimate of spending £41,795.84 0.09%
Provide the total pay bill £48,672,171.00

Section Two - The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017

1. The total number of your employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period

Number of employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period 11
Full-time equivalent employee number 10.19


This section details the recognised union officials in PCC for the relevant year.  The FTE is calculated by dividing the hours the representative worked on union activities and duties by 1702 (hours available to work for full time employees).

2. How many of your employees who were relevant union officials employed during the relevant period spent a) 0%, b) 1%-50%, c) 51%-99% or d) 100% of their working hours on facility time

Percentage of time Number of employees 2017/18 figures
0% 1 3
1-50% 9 8
51-99% 0 0
100% 1 1


The percentage of time spent on facility time is calculated dividing the hours the representative worked on union activities and duties by their actual annual working hours.

3. Percentage of pay bill spent on facility time

The percentage was calculated by dividing the total cost of facility time, (using the individuals hourly rate with an on cost of 30% added), by the total pay bill.  As it is not possible to identify individual employees from this figure, it was not necessary to use a notional hourly cost.

First column Figures Percentage
Provide the total cost of facility time £50,914.0 0.10%
Provide the total pay bill £48,672,171.00

4. As a percentage of total paid facility time hours, how many hours were spent by employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period on paid trade union activities

Total paid facility time hours Paid TU activities Percentage
2,042.82 134.83 6.60%


The percentage was calculated by dividing the paid activities facility time by the total of the facility time (which includes duties and activities).

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2017/18

Section One - The Local Government Transparency Code 2014

1. The total number (absolute number and full time equivalent) of staff who are union representatives - including general, learning and health and safety.

UNISON
1 actual representative (works full time on union duties) = 1.00 FTE
5 actual representatives (work part time on union duties) = 0.053 FTE.

GMB
1 actual representative (works part time on union duties) = 0.0320 FTE.

UNITE
5 actual representatives (work part time on union duties) = 0.22 FTE.

2. The total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of union representatives who devote at least fifty percent of their time to union activities. 

Number of representatives
Total actual 1
Total FTE 1

3. The names of all the trade unions represented in the local authority.

  • UNISON
  • GMB
  • UNITE

4. A basic estimate of spending on unions (calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary). 

Mean salary in the council as published in the 2017 pay policy statement = £31,608.

1.3 FTE x £31,608 (mean salary) = £41,090.40

5. A basic estimate of spending on unions as a percentage of the total pay bill (calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary divided by the total pay bill).

Figures Percentage
Provide the total cost of facility time £41,090.40
Provide the total pay bill £48,486,609.00 0.08%

Section Two - The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017

1. The total number of your employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period

Number of employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period 12
Full-time equivalent employee number 10.69

2. How many of your employees who were relevant union officials employed during the relevant period spent a) 0%, b) 1%-50%, c) 51%-99% or d) 100% of their working hours on facility time

Percentage of time Number of employees
0% 3
1-50% 8
51-99% 0
100% 1

3. Percentage of pay bill spent on facility time

First column Figures Percentage
Provide the total cost of facility time £58,603.61
Provide the total pay bill £48,486,609.00 0.12%

4. As a percentage of total paid facility time hours, how many hours were spent by employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period on paid trade union activities

Total paid facility time hours Paid TU activities Percentage
2,453.10 133.30 5.43%

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2016/17

1. The total number (absolute number and full time equivalent) of staff who are union representatives - including general, learning and health and safety. 

UNISON
1 actual representative (works full time on union duties) = 1.00 FTE
5 actual representatives (work part time on union duties) = 0.04 FTE.

GMB
1 actual representative (works part time on union duties) = 0.06 FTE.

UNITE
5 actual representatives (work part time on union duties) = 0.15 FTE.

Number of representatives
Total actual 12
Total FTE 1.25 FTE

2. The total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of union representatives who devote at least fifty percent of their time to union activities. 

Number of representatives who devote
at least 50% of their time to union activities
Total actual 1
Total FTE 1 FTE

3. The names of all the trade unions represented in the local authority.

  • UNISON
  • GMB
  • UNITE

4. A basic estimate of spending on unions (calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary). 

Mean salary in the council as published in the 2017 pay policy statement = £31,608.

1.25 FTE x £31,608 (mean salary) = £39,510.

5. A basic estimate of spending on unions as a percentage of the total pay bill (calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary divided by the total pay bill).

£39,510 divided by total pay bill £49,114,258 = 0.001%

In relation to teaching trade unions, funding for Trade Union facility time is funded from the Direct Support Grant which is given directly to Peterborough’s Schools and therefore is not funded by the Council. This means we are unable to provide you with an FTE equivalent or estimation of this data.

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Other previous years

2015/16 data

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2014/15 data

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