Executive Pay Review, South Yorkshire Police

Ways HR Consulting were commissioned following a formal competitive bid process to undertake a full review of our executive pay arrangements. They won the work on the basis of experience and I was also impressed with their work on job families that had been undertaken for Sheffield City Council.

The work involved a series of individual meetings with senior staff, technical evaluations of the roles and the design of a robust pay structure. Ways’ findings were reported to the Deputy Chief Constable and Director of Finance, were accepted following discussion and formed the basis of a new agreed approach. The project involved managing the expectations of senior staff professionally and with sensitivity.

Recommendations needed to be technically robust and also fit for our current context. The project findings have been relatively easy to implement partly due to the process Ways followed and the credibility they established.

Ways conducted themselves in a professional manner yet were quickly able to establish positive working relationships with our senior executives. They engaged with them to obtain all the necessary information and carry out the pay review. It was important to us that our executives were fully involved in the pay review and played an active part in determining the new pay policy. Ways successfully helped to facilitate this.

The feedback I had from my senior colleagues who participated during the project was that Ways were credible, positive and communicative. Senior Leaders also reported to me that they were happy with the work undertaken. Our Senior Command Team, including the Deputy Chief Constable, gave excellent feedback concerning their interaction with Ways as did the executive participants. The final report was well balanced and included exactly the recommendations that were necessary to create and implement the new pay policy to ensure equal pay compliance and an opportunity to pay our executives fairly yet in keeping with the current public sector climate.

During the project, communications with me were excellent from Ways HR Consulting. The project was delivered on time and on budget. The transparency of the review ensured that participants and the wider organisation felt that the review had been conducted fairly and robustly.

Following the project we have asked Ways to assist with other work as we have confidence in their ability to deliver a successful product.

Lorna Smith, HR Advisor, is happy to speak to any prospective clients to give a verbal reference should this be required. 

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