Ports of Jersey wins national CIPD award

From Port of Jersey,
07 October 2019

Ports of Jersey is celebrating after winning a top UK national award presented by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The award for ‘Best Reward and Recognition initiative’ was presented to Ports of Jersey for its major restructuring of staff employment policies following the company’s incorporation in 2015. The process involved a review of the dysfunctional and unfair pay system and employee’s working terms and conditions, which it inherited when it incorporated in 2015. Over a subsequent 2-year period in 2017 and 2018 Ports of Jersey redesigned the company’s entire pay structure, including its associated terms and conditions to make it more equitable across the entire business. To achieve this the company undertook a comprehensive engagement and development approach that empowered its employees to assist with the design of the new reward structure, which included reducing the number of salary bands from 43 to 7 as well as streamlining shift allowances, overtime payments, contractual working hours, annual leave entitlement and sickness leave. All of these were successfully negotiated and agreed with employees and trade union bodies, resulting in a much fairer reward structure as well as improvements made in its employee engagement and customer service metrics. 

Head of Human Resources for Ports of Jersey, Hannah Gleave, who was presented with the award by TV and radio presenter Jeremy Vine at the annual CIPD ‘Management Awards’ ceremony recently in London is delighted and says, “This is fantastic news and a very proud moment; not only for Ports of Jersey but for the Island itself as it clearly demonstrates that despite our size and stature we can punch above our weight and be recognised and rewarded at a national level by such a prestigious and globally recognised organisation as the CIPD. To have our Reward Transformation programme recognised and celebrated as the best initiative by our profession validates our company’s approach of listening to and empowering our own people to develop and progress.”

This is the first time Ports of Jersey had submitted an entry for the national awards, which regularly attracts many nationally recognised businesses, including BUPA, IBM UK, Lloyds, Rolls Royce, Channel 4, NHS and Royal Mail.  During the ceremony it was noted that “the project was exemplary and something for other HR/people management professionals to aspire to when undertaking fundamental changes to employee pay and associated terms and conditions.”

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is acknowledged globally among business leaders for setting professional standards in HR and people development. With over 150,000 members, it is the only body in the world that can award Chartered status to individual HR professionals and provides valuable insight and research on behalf of employers, including governments. CIPD has an active branch in Jersey.      

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