Deputy Chairs - Central Arbitration Committee

Body: Central Arbitration Committee
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Legal / Judicial
Number of Vacancies: 7
Remuneration: The Deputy Chairs will receive £491.69 for each seven hour day worked.
Time Requirements: As required.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Date: 31/10/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) is an independent statutory authority with specific functions relating to trade unions and employers. The most significant function of the CAC is adjudicating on the recognition and de-recognition of trade unions for collective bargaining in the workplace. This is carried out by applying the underpinning UK trade union recognition legislation when considering a union’s application for collective bargaining in a workplace, whilst seeking agreement between a union and the employer where possible.

It is responsible for resolving, through both voluntary means and adjudication, disputes relating to the following issues:

  • the recognition and derecognition of trade unions for collective bargaining;
  • the disclosure of information to trade unions for collective bargaining purposes;
  • the establishment and operation of arrangements under the Information and Consultation Regulations;
  • the establishment and operation of European Works Councils; and
  • the information and consultation requirements of the European Company Statute, the European Cooperative Society Regulations and the Cross-Border Mergers Regulations.

The overall responsibility for the CAC’s work rests with the Chair. The CAC itself comprises three groups: Deputy Chairs; Members with experience as employers’ representatives (mainly HR Directors and Employment Relations leaders); and Members with experience as workers’ representatives (mainly senior trade union officials). It works through Panels consisting of the Chair or a Deputy Chair and one member drawn from each of the other two groups.

The Advisory Conciliation & Arbitration Service, (Acas), is responsible for providing the CAC with finance and support services. However, this does not affect the post’s independence from Acas and the Secretary of State.

The work handled by the CAC can often involve sensitive issues about the conduct of trade union affairs and, on occasion, they can attract wider public and media interest. The CAC members must also avoid potential conflicts of interest.

The Role of Deputy Chair:

CAC applications under all jurisdictions are handled by three-person panels, appointed by the Chair, consisting of a Deputy Chair and two Members, one with employer experience and one with worker experience.

  • To lead a panel’s consideration of an application and any decisions that needs to be made by bringing their experience of collective employment relations and the legislation relating to it;
  • To chair formal hearings and informal meetings with all the parties on an application;
  • To act impartially and to ensure that the CAC’s established policies and practices are followed;
  • To assist the Chair with policy formulation, including attending biannual meetings of the Deputy Chairs; and
  • To present panel decisions in a clear, accurate and accessible way, both orally and in writing.

Person Specification

It is essential that your application demonstrates:

  • Knowledge and understanding of collective employment relations and the legislation relating to it, combined with the ability to bring an independent perspective;
  • Realistic and practical approach to problem-solving and the ability to work as part of a team to resolve conflicting positions and interests and achieve consensus;
  • The ability to determine complex issues, within fixed timeframes, on the basis of evidence with independent balanced judgement;
  • An ability to organise and manage a demanding caseload effectively, sometimes under time pressures;
  • Strong communication skills to present decisions, both orally and in writing;
  • An appreciation of the obligations involved when serving on a public body and the credibility to do so;
  • The ability to analyse and determine complex legal issues through independent balanced judgement and, where appropriate, implement sound and practical employment relations solutions; and
  • The ability to work effectively with a variety of stakeholders in CAC cases and to chair hearings with integrity and impartiality that maintains public confidence in the independence of the CAC.

Additional Information

BEIS is committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns and to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessments, openness and transparency of process.

BEIS offers professional training courses on public sector finance and governance for those new to the public sector.

How to Apply

  1. The closing date for applications is: 11pm on 12 November.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Please submit the following documents by email to

  • A Covering Letter setting out how you meet the essential criteria
  • CV
  • Candidate Application Form
  • Diversity form

Please ensure that you include “CAC – Deputy Chairs” in the subject box.

Alternatively, you can send your application in hard copy to:

Public Appointments Team, 7th Floor ‑ Spur 2, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET

Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt. Applicant packs can be provided in other formats upon request.

CAC - Diversity monitoring form
CAC Deputy Chairs and Employer Members - Applicant Pack
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