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The Connecting South East Wales (CSEW) proposed design recommendations on human resource, payroll and training services with the help of Orion partners, where the business case mainly concentrates on the HR services. Where they had the point of vision given in the Beecham report given on 2005 this shared service will increase both service delivery and efficiency, but the first minister Rhodri Morgan reflects the work and responded to streamline it further. According to the executive summary of the proposal, that the shared services projects mainly goes with the transformation of the HR service provision for certain level of authorities excepting some higher authorities, where the HR shifting on a balance from administrative services to the functional areas. Which results in economic scale and increased focused on performance deliver service. [3]

5.b. Factors that derives the decision:

5.b.1 Cost:

The transformation of the services in the value added services will results in the reduction of cost. By now the service cost for the Caerphilly council is £4.8 million, but according to the business case, the annual service cost to the Caerphilly will comes to £3.8 million in which there is a reduction cost of £1.0 million remains as a potential saving per year. Describing the reduction of cost, the Caerphilly will gain £300,000 from the sharing of administrative services and gain £660,000 from third party recruiting and training services. According to the proposal they had give a clear demonstration of services will be protected and developed even though the budgets are reduced.

5.b.2 Enhanced design:

The proposed design mainly mortify the human resource function in a high level overview, which is structured by three main areas,

Specialist Services: focusing on expert design services, business and local fit while enchanting improvement of global best practices

Transactional Delivery: focusing on cost-effective service deliverance of transactional work

Business Partners: focusing on connecting support function to the business

This design will undergo for the improvement of the local authorities participating.

5.b.3 Improved effectiveness:

As to enhance the efficiency of the shared project, Connecting South East Wales (CSEW) commissioned Steering Group to produce a final business case, where the steering group join in hands with the Orion Partners to give the outcome for a best design structure for the final business case. Where the design structure had to preparation mainly concentrated on the increase in the efficiency of the shared services, improving employee roles, delivering good services mainly focused on front line services, inter-transformation of knowledge, and the main factor described by cost reduction.

5.b.4 Enhanced services:

As by the move of the shared service team in Caerphilly, they had accessed high level administrative officers to interact with all the participating local authorities, this administrative staffs will move along with the actions of the senior politicians and the managers of all the council participating. The action is much focused on the plans for development, services for development and movements of citizens, which in turn gives them the employment role, responsibility, needs to fulfil, health and safety and the management services.

5.b.5 Demand on Third party:

While moving up with the report of Caerphilly County Borough Council report they had explained that they are giving an amount of £2.2 million for the recruitment and training services, which describes that nearly half of the annual amount goes for the third party for such purposes. So as per the report that the annual cost on every employee moves to £511 in the Caerphilly council, this is lower than normal UK local authorities.[3]

5.b.6 Economical pressures:

Apart from this the Caerphilly had the pressure from the welsh local government, that they had to reduce many plans that had been undergoing by the local authorities, where most of the remaining plans are slowing down due to law, at final the plans are cut down to 33% of the overall plan, even though the reduction is going on till now.[4]

5.c Cost and Benefits of joining:

5.c.1 Operational cost overview:

Validating the current state assessment in development of design principles for the future services, they had undergone through the collection of data for validating, from which they calculated the HR cost baseline. From the overview of the HR cost base they calculate an amount of £34.9 million per annum for the total participating councils, which is served over 83,000 heads across ten organisations. The Final Business Case concludes to consider over three Appraisal options proposed for implementations, which is given below

Implementing the shared service in the third quarter of year 3 with a borrowing of £33 million in year 3, pay back will be in the year 7, benefits then after will be £9.9 million per year.

Implementing the shared services in first quarter of year 2 with borrowing of £32.5 million in year 3, pay back will be in year 6, benefits then after will be £9.9 million per year.

Implementing the shared services in first quarter of year 3 with borrowing of £32 million, pay back will be in year 10, benefits then after will be £4.4 million per year.

According to the appraisal option they concluded that the third option will be the least preferable, option one and two has the same financial case but the second option has a benefits one year before the first option. Second option is under consideration of each council.

5.c.1 Benefits of joining with shared services:

5.c.1.1 Service benefits:

Shared services forwards the major benefits of creating the service improvements, which mainly focuses on the improvement of HR services. The professional Human resource team has been give to perform a high end action of work where no single local authority can perform such actions, including Caerphilly. New technological implementations are streamlined over the administrative process which leads to more accessible and responsive. The top thirteen professional HR Staff gives the new role with the strategic support for the efficient use of staff in the council as cabinet members, managers and employees. The existing staffs of the local authority are not well presented for an effective support in the human resource, in Caerphilly council the HR staffs does not have the opportunity of providing a close to the strategic support, but the shared services proposals are proposed to use the potentials of the HR Staffs. Where these HR staffs are specialised to concern particular needs to be done such as education and social services, inline work with superior managers, fulfil the work force areas according to their services, where some remote services can also be done.[1]

5.c.1.2 Cost reductions:

The Caerphilly council undergoes a service cost of £4.8 million per year, where the business case reports, the yearly service cost for the Caerphilly will comes to £3.8 million, which reduces their cost of £1.0 million remains as a potential saving per year. Describing the reduction of cost, the Caerphilly will gain £300,000 commencing the sharing of managerial services and gain £660,000 from third party recruit and training services. But the financial implications represents that the potential saving can be further reduced from £1 million to £150,000 per annum.

5.c.1.3 Hr staffing:

Resistance to change had been proposed in the new way of working, relocating the staffs, rearrangement and the condition for unemployment. The shared services project support team had worked with the public service trade unions in stepping up on the proposal, where the trade unions agrees for the managing change that can be procedure related to the voices of their own concerns. On the hand of implementation of the shared services there occurs an opportunity for the staffs for growing their skills and move to a new term of specialisations. Due to this overall shared services among different local authority council will make to perform a better support for each local authority in case of smaller local authority and had to modify in some larger authority.[6]

5.c.1.4 A Tailored Solution:

Shared service model had been designed and proposed by the local government to the local government, which will give a strategic report for the support along with the streamlined transactions identified by the local government. Many new commercial offers for competitive transactional services, but they find more difficult to present the equal quality of tailored specialist and strategic service as offered by the shared service proposal.

5.d Effects of employee relationship:

Relocating of staffs from each local authority will leads to the term of the cultural and behavioural changes which best performs the scale to be achieved in collaboration. By the shared design principles in improving the frontline services delivery will make the effective employee relations to undergo a free day job.[1] Effective customer service culture brings down the improved performance and improved reputation. Helping the managers in support them to increasing managers competence, problem resolving and positive impact on employer of choice. Maximising employee engagements gives a balanced structure and effective frame work for improved competence, performance and greater availability of resources.

5.e Management Control:

Shared service proposed design relies on technological factors which in term integrates and automates on the HR and payroll system. Shared services concentrates on large number of customer base from the local authorities in the IT platform. The conceptual architecture for the shared services describes that the management control information in two pars as the front office and the back office. The front office services are mainly focused on customer channel technology and customer relationship management. The back office mainly focused on the payroll, HR admin, and resource management, learning management, organisation management and benefits.[3]

5.f Consequence on existing decision model:

By the vision on present HR movement we had a list if feedbacks collected in direct from the customers towards the HR activities where some of the feedback is given as follows: Getting lost in the process, misunderstanding between them due to operational activities, concluding the level of actions by the managers of same skill, experience and time, providing the known information or the information under progress, inconsistent in accepting the advice, dumping admin without re-engineering, and presenting same initiatives in different ways.[3]

Findings and Analysis:

6.a Failure grounds:

6.a.1 Team work:

South East Wales Shared Service Project is proposed for ten local authorities (Cardiff, Newport, Monmouthshire, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Caerphilly, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Vale Glamorgan and Torfaen) are combined together in the start of the project to work together in the shared services. But when the assembly government plans stay away from large public region work incision due to half of the south east Wales Council are involved in this process for retaining millions of pounds in collaboration work, where the main concept of the council determines the cost saving and reducing job losses given from the words of the First Minister Carwyn Jones. Where the proposal had determined a sharing of £100K between the ten councils by £10K each, as the proposal moves on to the execution that it was valued £113,670 for councils cost in February 2007, and the shared services project had collected over £135,800 as an allowance for the proposed project from the Wales assembly government in consideration of cost saving of about £37.5 million in the next ten years, but suddenly in may 2009 three council (Cardiff - Wales capital council, Caerphilly and Newport) had withdrawn from the project. This may be one of the reasons for the failure of the shared service project.[4]

6.a.2 Conviction failure:

Many of the local authority council involved in the project doesn't have any conviction in the shared service model of retaining the cost benefits, shared service council leader Rodney Berman comes forward in reuniting the councils to proceed further development by saying the future benefits, but the faith is lost between the council and they doesn't make any sense of reuniting. In a speech from the Cardiff council authority that investing on the existing and ongoing process delays on time, where we can invest on a new term in the growth of the council. This may be one of the reasons for the failure of the shared service project.[5]

6.a.3 Existing structure breakdown:

Many questions had been raised in front of the shared service council about investing, in which investing millions of money over the project tends the council to move on without any returns for the next few years and cannot assure thereafter. Even though many questions had been unanswered by the shared service council, the questions are arising from each council for the destructive purpose of the existing structure breakdown. Since the break down structure can clearly determine the existing or every process. This may be one of the reasons for the failure of the shared service project.

6.a.4 Relocation of staff:

According to the shared service report it is analysed that there must be a relocation of staff has to be done. In this case the sudden transferring of staff to a new location will alternatively make many disadvantages to the employers and the work modules they are move for. This may be one of the reasons for the failure of the shared service project.

6.a.5 Spiritual desires:

Many of the council had lost their spiritual desire in the shared service process, where the government forcing the council in a fast movement of collaborating the local authorities which tends the council to pull back for the further and due to these internal pressures they may desired to quit. This may be one of the reasons for the failure of the shared service project.

6.a.6 Political views:

According to the political view of each and every council, there arises the ling speech of about why investing money on an existing process, do they can give a promise for the returns, what if they do if the project fails after investing, and goes on in such a way of expanding their words. This may be one of the reasons for the failure of the shared service project.

Justifying the alternative approach:

Shared services term is one of the best ways for the improvement of the group, where many Multinational companies are running the shared services in a successful way in interchanging their work internationally, science people from different location are united in by this shared services, when coming to the alternative approach for the shared service in south east Wales after undergoing the Redman shared services, Wang and Wang shared services and Walsh shared services, which are best described about the shared services, I go with the Wang and Wang's organizational design approach which clearly describes in individual about the segregation of each approach over with the strength and the limitations of the approach is clearly give for doing a successful shared service beyond sourcing.[2]


Even though Caerphilly County Borough Council gains a cost reduction of £1 million per annum in joining with the shared services they have no powers to access their own managerial functions within the council, because after joining with the shared service council they appoint ten authorities to manage the overall operation, along with the relocation of the employee. So from the Caerphilly point of view, it's better to stay on their own rather than joining with the shared services.