Facility Time Reporting

Facility Time is the provision of time off from an employee’s normal role to undertake Trade Union duties and activities when they are elected as a Trade Union representative.

The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 took effect from 1 April 2017. These regulations were laid following the enactment of the Trade Union Act 2016. The Trade Union Act was passed in May 2016 and one of the elements of this Act is the requirement for employers in the public sector to publish information on facility time.

These regulations aim to ensure that taxpayers’ money spent on Trade Union facility time in the public sector is properly monitored, reasonable and transparent. This transparency will enable the Government, employers and taxpayers to assess whether taxpayers’ money is spent on appropriate and accountable Trade Union work that represents value for money.  

The facility time (FT) data that organisations are required to collate and publish under the 2017 regulations are:

      • Number of trade union representatives.
      • Percentage of trade union representative time spent on FT.
      • Percentage of total pay bill spent on FT.
  • Percentage of paid FT spent on trade union activities by exception. Please note that whilst Trade Union representatives are entitled to be granted reasonable unpaid time off to participate in Trade Union activities, there is no statutory entitlement to paid time off to undertake Trade Union activities.


Please click here to view report - Facility Time Report