Electronic route to ethnic monitoring

The introduction of an integrated electronic HR and payroll system at the
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will help the council fulfil its
responsibilities under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act.

The system, which is due to go live in April, will provide payroll services
for 6,000 staff, is being supplied by Northgate Information Solutions in a deal
worth more than £1m.

George Bishop, the council’s director of personnel and general services, is
planning to add recruitment and training packages, which he said will help the
council comply with the Commission for Racial Equality’s code of practice on
the Race Relations (Amendment) Act.

Under the Act, local authorities have a legal duty to monitor the ethnicity
of their workforce in job applications, grievance procedures, promotion and

The integrated system, called ResourceLink, will also manage personal
information data such as job details, sickness absence, holidays and grievance

Bishop said the new system would integrate HR and payroll, providing
significant efficiency and cost savings.

"It is a modern integrated system which will allow us to input
information once rather than twice."

Bishop added it would also make managers more autonomous by giving them
easier access to staff information.

The contract with Northgate will save the council more than £100,000 on its
existing payroll contract. It includes managed services from Northgate’s
payroll services team and managed solutions centre in Hemel Hempstead,


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