Professional Groundscare

January 2019

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BTME 2019 Aeration Artifi cial Turf A full preview of this year's event Page 12-17 Taking a look at the latest solutions Page 18-19 New surfaces and high quality management Page 20 The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG), the leading membership organisation for everyone involved in the management of sports pitches, landscape and amenity facilities in the UK, is recommending a 2.5 per cent increase in grounds staff's national minimum salary bands for 2019. The recommendations have been made against a backdrop of economic uncertainty over the UK's withdrawal from the EU, which is likely to impact growth; GDP growth is expected to be low in the medium term, with 1.6% the forecasted fi gure for 2019, and it is not expected to rise above this level until after 2023. The suggested rise S p o r t E n g l a n d s a f e g u a r d s England's playing fields – helping to make sport and physical activity accessible for all. New figures show that Sport England has protected or improved sports provision in 93% of planning applications affecting playing fields. It is a statutory consultee for local councils on any planning application that would affect or lead to the loss of a sports playing field. Unless a developer can prove their proposal will improve or protect sports provision at the site, then Sport England objects to the plan. For the period between April 2016 and March 2017, 1,102 out of 1,187 planning applications affecting playing fi elds resulted in improved or protected sports The new IOG Prospectus is the defi nitive guide to the Institute of Groundsmanship's Training and Education, detailing the many training courses and qualifi cations available from the institute. The 44-page booklet outlines the qualifications, training courses and advisory services available to help support individual career development and future opportunities. Also included is an 'at- a - g l a n c e ' c a r e e r r o a d m a p showing how all the different options dovetail to create progression pathways. In addition, there is an explanation of the IOG's Pitch Grading Framework – guidelines Playing fi elds continue to be protected by Sports England The defi nitive guide to training and education sits between CPIH (Consumer Price Infl ation including owner- occupier's housing costs) infl ation of 2.2% and the 2.9% increase in the voluntary living wage. As a result, it should take account of any increase in the cost of living and should ensure that grounds staff pay rates remain competitive. These bands reflect minimum recommended basic salary payment and are based on a 37.5- hour week. Bonuses, overtime and subsistence payments have not been included and are therefore additional. Importantly, the bottom of the scale for groundsperson (£18,250 for 2018) is already above the current UK-wide living wage rate. The provision.The fi gures also showed that: in 41% of the cases where we originally objected to an application, further negotiations led to an overall improvement in sports provision; and of the 146 applications where we maintained our objection, 61 were either withdrawn by the applicants or refused planning permission. Head of planning, Nick Evans, said: "Protecting grassroots sport provision is at the heart of what we continue to do so that all of us have access to the right sporting facilities." Sport England that match pitch quality standards with the skills required to maintain them, at every level from volunteer grassroots playing surfaces needing i n t r o d u c t o r y c e r t i f i c a t i o n through to foundation degrees for professionals at elite stadia. The Prospectus offers something for everyone; a blended learning system that allows access to IOG courses in the workplace, the classroom or online, to enable everyone to enhance their skillset and knowledge. IOG chief executive Geoff Webb said: "The IOG is committed to encouraging continual skills development a n d i s p a s s i o n a t e a b o u t supporting those wanting to recommended minimum pay rate for a groundsperson in London should be set at £21,000 (Outer) and £22,500 (Inner) to ensure everyone receives at least a living wage. The IOG also encourages all employers to become accredited living wage employers and to make this explicit in their recruitment and employment offers. In addition, a 5% increase to at least £575 per annum (compared to £550 in last year's recommendations) should be paid to everyone – not just to junior posts as in the past - for the successful completion of IOG qualifi cations. This, says the IOG, will encourage an ongoing focus on training and IOG recommends 2.5 per cent pay rise for grounds staff professional development. Given the current climate of economic and political uncertainty and on- going fiscal restraint, the IOG says it is of critical importance to job satisfaction levels that employers ensure they are meeting their obligations in ensuring fair payment for overtime worked and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. This should be done in partnership with employees with agreements reached about the balance between overtime pay, time off in lieu and fl exible working. In addition to this survey, IOG chief executive Geoff Webb says the IOG will be commissioning a separate body of research to look at salary scales in elite, global sports stadia. "While the IOG's suggested salary scales have progressively improved over the last decade, it is recognised that the roles and salaries of those working at sports stadia across the UK require further review and analysis," he comments. "This will be undertaken within separate, ongoing IOG Industry Research and the results will be presented at SALTEX 2019." The research was carried out independently by Myriad Research using a number of data sources for analysis. IOG members can access the full report and view the bands via their online member portal. IOG L a n d s c a p e & A m e n i t y January 2019 Starting the year in style at BTME learn how to improve playing surfaces at every level of the sporting spectrum. "Thousands of grounds people train with us each year, as well as the many who undertake IOG qualifications, and the IOG Prospectus now provides an easy-reference guide for everyone involved." 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