Advisory, Conciliation, and Arbitration Service (Acas), Council Member x2

Body: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: Virtual for the foreseeable future
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management, IT / Digital, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £1,695 per annum with an additional £172 for each day of attendance. Remuneration and expenses are taxable.
Time Requirements: On average 3 days per month with at least six Council meetings per year. 

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Advisory, Conciliation, and Arbitration Service (Acas) was established under the Employment Protection Act 1975 and continues to be in existence under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 Section 209.

Acas has been classified as independent Crown Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) by the ONS/HM Treasury Classifications team. It has been administratively classified by the Cabinet Office as a Non-Departmental Public Body.

Acas is Britain’s leading specialist on workplace relations and is at the forefront of supporting employers and employees to build better working lives for all. Acas has a rich history of employment relations coupled with deep knowledge and expertise which underpin its success. Acas support good relationships between employers and employees which are key to business success. When things go wrong Acas help by providing conciliation to resolve workplace disputes, and they offer free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. Acas also deliver high quality training and tailored advice to employers.

As a member of the Acas Council you will provide strategic guidance on the work of Acas. You will work closely with the Chair of Acas and the Chief Executive ensuring the Council and executive operate effectively, and with propriety. Members assist the Chair in ensuring the Council holds the executive to account for delivery against its strategic and business plans, and for the efficient discharge of its statutory functions.

You will contribute to the development of Acas policy and guidance, which will inform our work with employers, employees, and government. Your experience will be used to tailor responses to public consultations, Codes of Practice, and how Acas respond to the changing world of work.

You will be uniquely placed to support Acas’s agenda to influence and engage with key industries across Great Britain. This may involve speaking engagements on behalf of Acas, and some travel. There will be opportunities to join working groups and round-table discussions on topical workplace challenges, for example Non-Disclosure Agreements and zero hours contracts.

We are looking to appoint one Worker Representative and one Employer Representative.

Further information about Acas can be found here

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will have interest in and experience of work in the field of employment relations, workplace policy, and dispute resolution. They will be passionate about bringing a positive change to working life across Great Britain. They will demonstrate understanding around the ambitions of the organisation and share insight on how Acas can grow and develop to meet its goals.

Candidates should be willing to work alongside colleagues from a variety of backgrounds and provide constructive challenge when required. Candidates should be driven and open to supporting Acas as and when priorities change.

Essential Criteria:

  • Ability to work at senior leadership level, including strategic thinking in an organisational context.
  • Ability to contribute to consensus decision making on complex issues while maintaining independence of mind.
  • An understanding of issues relating to employment relations and good workplace practice.
  • Ability to build constructive and effective relationships.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Personal commitment to improving workplace relations practice and effectiveness.

Additionally, candidates need to demonstrate evidence relevant to the role for which they apply:

Employer Council Member Role:

  • A good understanding of employment issues facing employers/businesses in the UK.
  • Business acumen and experience of having led strategic change in the workplace.

Worker Council Member Role:

  • A sound understanding of issues facing workers in the UK.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of employee relations within the working environment.

Desirable Criteria:

  • An understanding of corporate governance, financial control and reporting, performance, and delivery.
  • Experience of audit and risk management.
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