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Four-day trial at South Cambridgeshire District Council to be reviewed in May





A review of the four-day week trial at South Cambridgeshire District Council will take place in May.

The authority launched the three-month trial in January, enabling desk-based staff to work fewer hours for the same pay.

Council leader Cllr Bridget Smith. Picture: Keith Heppell
Council leader Cllr Bridget Smith. Picture: Keith Heppell

The move was designed to attract and retain staff.

The council has previously reported that a survey conducted after four weeks showed many staff felt less stressed.

At a cabinet meeting on Monday (March 20) councillors agreed for a report on the findings to be presented at a meeting on May 15.

It will examine the council’s key performance indicators between January and March to see how the changes impacted the work, as well as a health and wellbeing survey, to explain how staff were impacted.

If the data is positive by the district council, with performance maintained and staff health and wellbeing improved, then it is expected that a recommendation will be made to extend the trial for a further year.

The council has said that staff will continue working a four-day week until the review in May.

A recommendation about four-day week trials for facilities management staff and workers in the shared waste service is expected to be made to the cabinet in May, with trials potentially starting in June.



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