Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and Mayor, we work with local services, businesses, communities and other partners to improve the city-region.
https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/

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Greater Manchester is one of the country's most successful city-regions. Home to more than 2.8million people and with an economy bigger than that of Wales or Northern Ireland, the vision of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is to make the region one of the best places in the world in which to grow up, get on in and grow old in.

GMCA says it is getting there through a combination of economic growth and the reform of public services. It is made up of the 10 Greater Manchester councils – Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan – and Andy Burnham, the mayor.

During the pandemic, the authority provided equipment to all those who required it for home-working and where this wasn't possible an allowance was awarded for employees to source their own.

For staff (like firefighters) unable to work from home, all measures were undertaken to ensure premises were Covid-secure. GMCA also found alternative accommodation for anyone who had to go in but lived with someone who was told to shield.

The authority supported a Manchester-wide test and trace initiative, providing volunteers, ICT equipment and software, and employees volunteered at mass testing and vaccination centres.

A new plan, ‘Our People, Our Place', written by its members and with help from business and the public, seeks to ensure that every GMCA employee understands how their role and work contributes to the achievement of delivering better outcomes for the region.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Manager

72% of staff agreed

My manager cares about how satisfied I am in my job

Team leaders – and all employees – were able to access coaching and mentoring throughout. GMCA also piloted a reverse mentoring scheme and initial feedback has been excellent. It organised resilience workshops for all staff, as well as specific training around resilience for managers.

Personal Growth

65% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

GMCA has continued with operational training, after an initial pause at the start of the pandemic. Now done in a Covid-safe way, development moved online through e-learning, webinars, and other platforms. The organisation received excellent feedback after two very well-attended events, ‘Learning at Work' week and a ‘Festival of Learning'.

My Team

80% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Lots of teams do lots of different things to try to replicate some of the things they are missing about the office, including randomised coffee meets, huddles, quizzes, escape rooms and more. GMCA has installed new audiovisual equipment at all fire stations to support firefighters with group training, communications, and debriefs.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2011
Total number of employees
44
Number of UK locations
41
Employee average age
75% : 25%
Male : Female employee ratio
36%
Employees earning £35k+
2%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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