Car manufacturers will have to prove they really need government cash to top up the wages of workers whose hours have been cut during the recession. Business secretary Peter Mandelson said last week the government may offer car makers an "operating More...02 February 2009 08:33
One in six January pay settlements amount to pay freezes, according to the Labour Research Department (LRD) Payline database. Out of 73 settlements that have come into effect on or after 1 January 2009, 12 - or one in six - are pay freezes either fo More...28 January 2009 07:44
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HR directors fight back against the recession by focusing on training and development;
and a legal ruling by the Information Commissioner that may pave the way for job candidates to see other applicant’s inte More...23 January 2009 16:13
A deal that would see an extra £50m invested in prison officer pay hangs in the balance after union members demanded further negotiations with the government. Justice secretary Jack Straw said earlier this year the extra cash would be available from More...04 December 2008 12:59
NHS staff are pressing ahead with plans to hold a day of action tomorrow in protest at the government's "derisory" pay offer. Unite the union said its NHS members would hold a 'work-to-rule' day on Wednesday 3 December to protest against the 7.99% More...02 December 2008 10:02
"Painful" wage cuts for millions of workers worldwide are expected next year, experts predict.
The Global Wage Report 2008/09 by the International Labour Organization (ILO) predicts that global growth in wages will be just 1.1% in 2009, down fro More...27 November 2008 08:01
A government immigration adviser has told firms concerned about labour shortages when the new immigration system takes over this week to push up wages.
David Metcalf, chair of the Migration Advisory Committee, which drew up the migrant worker short More...24 November 2008 07:04
Unite has vowed that its NHS members will hold a day of action in December over the government's NHS pay offer.
The largest union in the country, Unite said it would hold a 'work to rule' day on Wednesday, 3 December over what it described as the " More...18 November 2008 11:54
NHS HR chief Clare Chapman received a pay rise of between 14% and 20% last year, according to figures released by the Conservative Party.
Chapman's pay jumped from about £205,000 in 2006-07 to at least £240,000 in 2007-08, according to Tory analysi More...14 November 2008 13:20
Two out of three people who lost their jobs when car maker MG Rover collapsed in 2005 are now earning less money, research has revealed. About 60% are now working outside manufacturing and generally earning less money, with an average salary cut of £ More...13 November 2008 00:01
Employers will face increased pay bills if people are banned from working more than 48 hours per week, senior HR figures have warned. Firms will also struggle to fill employment gaps left by migrant workers returning home, and the 2012 London Olympi More...10 November 2008 00:01
Job vacancies and appointments have plunged to the lowest level for at least 11 years. A report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and financial services firm KPMG found permanent and temporary staff appointments are at their wea More...06 November 2008 11:01
A council representative has quashed trade union hopes of an end to the local government pay dispute this side of Christmas.
Although unions and employers last month agreed an interim 2.45% increase for council staff backdated to April, unions are s More...31 October 2008 08:46
HR professionals have rejected calls for employers to pay lower-paid workers weekly during the economic crisis.
Workplace commentator and author Richard Donkin last week suggested that more employers should look into providing alternative pay sche More...31 October 2008 08:21
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched a formal inquiry into the employment and recruitment practices in the meat processing industry in England and Wales.
Evidence obtained by the equality watchdog suggests the meat and More...23 October 2008 09:16
The government has appointed Sir George Bain as the interim chair of the Low Pay Commission, the body which advises on the rate of the national minimum wage (NMW). Bain was previously chair between 1997 and 2002, but is returning on a short-term More...14 October 2008 08:00
Nearly 1,500 staff at Nottingham City Council will have their pay cut to bring the council in line with equal pay legislation, it has emerged.
A total of 8,000 council officers were informed yesterday their pay could increase, decrease or stay More...01 October 2008 10:47
Council jobs have been put at risk by a joint union decision to refer the local government pay dispute to arbitration service Acas, a senior figure has warned. Jim Savege, lead on pay for the Public Sector People Managers' Association, insisted tha More...26 September 2008 10:54
Thousands of Lehman Brothers' staff who have continued working since the bank went bust will get paid this month, according to the firm's administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said about 4,500 employees will be paid their salary for the p More...18 September 2008 09:34
It seems everyone in the public sector, from the police to coastguards, is unhappy about pay offers. Phil Boucher looks at the lessons HR managers can learn from these disputes and how they should help deal with them. There have been rumblings of di More...15 September 2008 00:00