1.1 The following motion was approved by the 2013 Annual General Meeting:
"This AGM instructs Council to investigate and report on the extent to which Local Authorities restrict applications for unpromoted posts to their previous probationers."
1.2 The Employment Relations Department wrote to all Scottish Councils. Information was sought on whether Council adopted ring fencing of posts for probationers and whether probationers were graded at the end of the probationary period for allocation to permanent posts. 21 responses were received.
2.1 A summary of responses is appended (Appendix A).
2.2 The majority of responses indicated that posts are not ring fenced for probationers to be placed in that Council area if they meet the Standard for Registration.
2.3 There has been criticism that while the Induction Scheme is a national scheme any restricted appointment process interferes with that concept. The EIS has previously raised this with COSLA and Scottish Government.
While it can be argued that ring fencing cuts across open appointment procedures such practice is not in breach of employment law.
2.4 The evidence from the limited responses on the survey indicates that restricted applications for posts operates in few Council areas. While that is a matter of concern for the EIS there is no current policy on whether we advocate open national advertising of vacancies.
Further, open advertising should be set against certain workforce planning demands. It is also clear that we seek to secure restricted appointment procedures to secure permanence for those who meet the qualifying service that applies in local agreements on the transfer to permanence.
3.1 This report should be referred to LA Secretaries to be raised in local negotiation.