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Benchmarking and surveys

Knowing how you’re doing against performance indicators as well as how you compare to other organisations can drive your business forward. Analytics give you the information you need to make reasoned decisions about where to invest your time and money in order to improve.

We’re here to help, whether it’s a couple of questions that we include in a mini-survey, more extensive benchmarking information or help with employee surveys.

Whatever data you need, please get in touch and we’ll work with you to find the answers.

Mini Surveys

We regularly circulate mini-surveys to HR contacts, Education HR contacts, Health and Safety contacts or Democratic Services contacts on behalf of our councils. Topics have included sickness absence, facilities time, multi-disciplinary job descriptions, and the living wage. SEE members can view and participate in the latest mini-survey here. Please note you will need to be logged in to complete the survey. For further details on mini-surveys, please contact our advice line.

LGA Workforce Surveys

We work with colleagues at the LGA to gather workforce data to aid understanding of the issues facing the sector.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we are working to collect key workforce data from all councils in the South East Region. For summary results and details of the survey please see our dedicated page.

Employee Surveys

Employees are often reluctant to complete workplace surveys honestly if the responses are being collected and collated in-house. We can work with you to design and deliver the survey you need and then we are the independent organisation who receives the responses. We anonymise and collate the data, presenting it in an easy to read report ready for your management team.   Please contact us for further details or to discuss your needs.


An on-line ‘real time’ pay benchmarking facility developed in partnership with the LGA, ePaycheck is simple and easy to use. Over 150 councils across England and Wales now share their pay data this way.

The system enables bulk data upload, provides anonymised reports in the way you want to receive them, and the data is secure. Most of the work has been done for you through templates for job families which you simply match to your local job descriptions. Once you have signed up and entered sufficient data to populate the system, reports will be available to download. Through ePaycheck you can generate user defined reports with invaluable and specific benchmarking data at the click of a button. There are standard reports set up on the system readily available for your use, should they meet your needs. The more councils that join the scheme, the more efficient the information sharing will be for participating councils.

Please take a few minutes to look at the website where you will find all the information you need about ePaycheck and the benefits to you and your council. All local authorities are eligible for subsidised rates, which include a small administration fee, but SEE member councils benefit from even greater subsidisation.

SEE Member Organisations – just £300 for 2019/20
Non-member Organisations – £1,200 for 2019/20

SEE will support you in getting started and show you how to upload your data and thereafter run your reports. After the initial submission of data it is a matter of regularly updating your records to ensure that the system is working on ‘real time’ information and therefore any reports you run will be current and relevant to your needs

To sign up to this service, please register your interest by completing the form.

If you have any other questions, please contact the SEE ePaycheck team.

Bite-Sized Benchmarking Surveys

Designed to capture the key HR analytics data that every organisation should have at their fingertips, we run a number of focused benchmarking surveys each year. Topics include sickness absence, equality & diversity, HR workforce and retention and turnover. If there’s an area of performance indicators that we don’t currently cover, please get in touch and we will work with you to develop a suitable approach to collecting the information.  

Most Recent Survey Reports

Member Allowances Survey

Councils are required to review their allowances scheme on a regular basis. SEE can help with this as we run an annual survey. All councils in the region are asked to participate and the results are made available to everyone who responds. We’re pleased to report that for the 2017/2018 survey we had a 100% response rate.  SEE members can view the latest results here.

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