The Sub-Committee considered a proposal to
purchase a web-based Employee Benefits Platform from Sodexo The
Head of People Services explained the proposal and answered
questions from Sub-Committee members.
In summary, Sodexo was recommended by
Bromsgrove and Redditch Council, who had undertaken a comprehensive
review of this market and opted for Sodexo via the ESPO Framework
319_19 agreement. Sodexo can offer a Free Employee Discounts
Scheme, Childcare Scheme and Cycle to Work Scheme, as well as a
free of charge and comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme with
unlimited manager referrals and up to 6 sessions of Face-to-face
Counselling per presenting issue for all employees.
A direct contract with Sodexo would require a
two year contractual commitment of £7,086.60, with a one off
set up fee of £450.00. This would
be offset by a saving of at least £4,000, on transfer of our
EAP and Counselling provision to Sodexo.
In the ensuing discussion, Sub-Committee
members expressed support for the proposal. Reference was made to
future add-ons, and the potential for the contract cost to rise as
a consequence. Officers advised that the operation of the scheme
will be monitored and reviewed if necessary.
It was noted that the changes had been
supported by the Joint Consultative and Safety Committee.
RESOLVED: That the
Sub-Committee approves of the purchase of a Web-Based Employee
Benefits Platform from SODEXO, including the transfer of certain
existing benefits to SODEXO (namely our Employee Assistance
Programme, Counselling, Cycle to Work Scheme and Child Care Voucher