Central Arbitration Committee
Opportunities: Deputy Chairs and Members
Location: London with occasional travel (expenses reimbursed).
The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) is an independent statutory authority with specific functions relating to trade unions and employers. It handles applications for trade union recognition, decides complaints of a failure to disclose information for collective bargaining purposes, and resolves disputes between employees and employers under the Information and Consultation regulations.
The Committee’s work is delivered through 3-person panels, consisting of a Deputy Chair, one employer representative and one worker representative, who, as a panel, play a crucial role in making reasoned, significant and often highly challenging decisions.
About the role:
BEIS is looking to make 40 appointments to the CAC, consisting of:
- 7 Deputy Chairs, who will fulfil the independent role of leading a panel’s consideration of a CAC application. Often, though not exclusively, they will have a legal or academic background in the collective employment relations field.
- 12 Members from an employer background – with strong employment relations experience, gained in a large company or relevant complex organisation in the UK.
- 21 Members with a worker representative background, ideally from a senior post in a trade union or other employee representative bodies.
These roles require sound knowledge and understanding of collective employment relations and the legislation relating to it. You will be able to contribute independently, constructively challenge the opinions of others, work to achieve a shared consensus and accept collective responsibility. We are looking for people who are passionate about the contribution the CAC makes to employment relations in the UK, who understand the far-reaching effect of the CAC’s work and who will approach their role with integrity and objectivity.
Those applying to any of the roles should have demonstrable experience of consultation, negotiation and collective bargaining and well as collaborative approach to team working in order to achieve impartial pragmatic decisions. Broader skills for these roles include effective problem solving and the ability to deal with complex issues in a timely manner.
For any of the roles, you will be expected to fully contribute to formal hearings with parties and act impartially to ensure CAC’s policies and practices are adhered to. Additionally, you will contribute to policy formulation and knowledge-sharing at the CAC’s AGM.
Terms of Appointment:
Members are appointed for a period of five years with the Secretary of State’s discretion to reappoint only once for a further five years. No Deputy Chair or Member will serve for more than 10 years.
Time commitment and remuneration: Deputy Chair – 3 days a month; Member – 1 day a month. Some of these time commitments will be for formal meetings and hearings, which normally last no more than one day. However, members should be in a position to deal with CAC business by way of telephone calls, correspondence and e-mails, often at short notice.
How to Apply:
For more information on the Deputy Chair please look here:
For more information on the Member roles please look here:
The close date is: 29th October 2018 at 11PM
Late applications will not be accepted.
Please submit the following documents by email to email@example.com
- A Covering Letter setting out how you meet the essential criteria
- Candidate Application Form
- Diversity form
Please ensure that you include “CAC – Deputy Chairs and Members” 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.