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An online guide to monitoring where you work

Section 1 - How to fill in the Runnymede survey

Runnymede has been commissioned by Unison, Unite, UCU, NASUWT, PCS and the TUC to conduct a national survey measuring the equality impact of recent cuts to public services. Where staff are being reduced we would like to know what groups of workers are affected.

We aim to build a comprehensive picture of how changes since 2010 have effected who is employed and how they are employed. We are asking union branch representatives to collect information on staff numbers in their workplace from December 2010 and April 2012 in the following categories:

In order to fill out the survey, you will need to obtain the monitoring information that your employer holds on the makeup of the workforce in 2010 and 2012. Your employer may not have all the information listed in the categories above but try to collect as much information as possible. If your employer does not have data from the months in the years that we have identified, please use data from any period in 2010 and the most recent data that you can find to fill out the survey.

How to collect information for the survey

There are a number of ways to collect information about the workforce broken down by the above categories. Before you embark on this project, speak to other union representatives and work together.

1 - Ask your employer

Until recently public authorities were required to undertake equality monitoring and publish the information annually so it is likely that your employer has the information you need to complete the survey.

Formally request the data from your employer through your Joint Negotiating and consultation body. Explain why you want the information, what it will be used for and set a reasonable deadline for receiving the information. Follow up this request in writing to the Head of Human Resources or the manager who has responsibility for workforce data. We have produced a template request letter for you to use.

2 - Published data from 2010 and 2012

Public authorities often publish information to show they are complying with the public sector equality duty. This information can be found in annual reports, on websites and in published objectives and may be a possible source of information on the makeup of the workforce in 2010

3 - Use your union’s full time officer

Let your union full time officer know that you are participating in the survey. If your employer has the data but is refusing to give it to you or claims that the information is too expensive to produce ask your full time union officer or your union head office for support request.

4 - Fill in the survey

Once you have all the information on your workforce from 2010 and 2012, go to http://www.rminsight.co.uk/surveys/runnymede/runnymede_equality_survey.htm and fill out the survey. The survey will close on 16 November 2012.

Next steps

  1. See the survey questions
  2. Gather your information
  3. Fill in the online survey
  4. Go to Section 2 - Why measure the impact of public sector reform
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