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Trade union facilities time

Last updated: 14 January 2021

Trade Union Facilities Time – New Reporting Requirements

The Trade Union Act 2016 introduced a requirement for public sector employers (including HEI’s in England and Scotland) to publish certain information on trade union facility time. The requirements apply to public sector employers with 50 or more employees (FTE) and at least one relevant trade union official.

This is a new provision designed to promote transparency and public scrutiny of facility time, and to encourage public sector employers to moderate the amount of money spent on trade union facility time in the
light of that scrutiny.

Employers must publish the required information relating to the 12-month “relevant period”, which is the 12 months from 1 April to 31 March every year. These figures relate to the 12 months ending 31 March 2019.

Number of employees who were relevant
union officials during the relevant period.
Full-time equivalent
employee number
1613.71 (total FTE allocated to
Facility time = 2.73)
Table 1 – Relevant Union Officials

Percentage of timeNumber of Employees
Table 2 – Percentage of time spent of facility time

Total cost of facility time145,277
Total pay bill45,515,648
Percentage of the total pay bill spent on facility time0.319%
Table 3 Percentage of pay bill spent on facility time

Time spent on paid trade union activities as
a % of total paid facility time hours
Table 4 – Paid trade union activities

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