The consultation, Delivering a rewarding future: An approach to pay and benefits in local government in the 21st century, examines all aspects of how local government needs to move towards employment structures that will enable it to adapt to the changing demands on its workforce and to promote new approaches to rewarding individual members of staff.
It will run alongside a separate consultation into involving the workforce in change, improving performance through people and attracting and retaining talent.
The responses will be used to shape the priorities for the workforce aspects of the National Improvement Strategy, which will be published later in the year.
The consultations will be sent out to chief executives, council leaders, unions and other interested parties in the local government workforce.
Steve Bullock, chairman of the Local Government Association Human Resources Panel, said: “Addressing shared future workforce challenges will play a vital part in achieving continued improvement in local government.
“Current assessments suggest that new national agreements will require modernised national bargaining machinery, but it is vital that we hear the views of those on the front line.”
The closing date for the consultation period is 29 June 2007.