With 878,000 businesses employing in excess of 4.4 million people, the world of work can be both rewarding and challenging for employers and employees across the South East.
When it comes to employing people, Acas South East provide a comprehensive range of services to help organisations succeed throughout Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East and West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire and Surrey.
Whether you're a business looking to take on your first employee or one that employs thousands, we work with you to provide tried, tested and practical solutions to support organisations and working life through better employment relations.
Paul Beard, Area Director, Acas South East
Individual and collective relations across the South East
Our conciliators have dealt with over 7800 Early Conciliation and Employment Tribunal claims from the South East and UK this past financial year.
How does it work? If you intend to make a tribunal claim you must notify Acas first (Early Conciliation). Acas also has a legal duty to offer conciliation when someone has made an employment tribunal claim.
The South East has also seen a big increase in those accessing our collective conciliation service. Collective conciliation provides a means whereby groups can be helped to reach a mutually acceptable settlement of their dispute.
Find out more about Collective disputes.
Dispute resolution in the South East
Our conciliators are also experienced mediators. Mediation is particularly suitable when the aim is to maintain the employment relationship. It can be used at any stage in a dispute but is often most effective when used early on.
Find out more about Mediation.
Donna Ivey, Deputy Area Director and Conciliation Manager, Acas South East
Training and advisory services across the South East
Our open access training events are designed for delegates from all organisations and are delivered by experienced Acas trainers whose expertise is geared towards delivering down to earth advice and solutions. Last year we trained in excess of 1300 delegates.
View the latest Acas South East training events in your area.
Last year we also delivered workplace training reaching over 5500 delegates.
For training in your workplace, our advisers carry out a free initial assessment of what your company requires. Our experienced trainers, then design and deliver practical, flexible training packages to meet your requirements.
To find out more about our training and business services call our customer services team on 0300 123 1150 or complete our Customer contact form.
Keeping in touch
Our monthly newsletter will provide you with regular updates on changes to employment law, local events, and top tips based on new guidance we release. You can view recent issues of our newsletters toward the bottom of this page. Sign up for the Acas South East newsletter.
Acas is active on social media as well, you can follow us on our Twitter channel or join the Acas South East HR and Employment Relations Discussion Group on LinkedIn.
Richard Poore, Publicity and Training Manager, Acas South East