HR news round-up: HR stories in the headlines 29 July 2010

A round-up of HR-related stories in today’s newspapers.

Pay deals in the car manufacturing industry are lagging behind the rest of the private sector despite strong overseas demand for British vehicles, reports The Telegraph. The majority of car makers are still freezing base pay for workers, in contrast to the typical pay rise for the whole economy remaining “stable” at 2% in the three months to May, the analysis by Income Data Services (IDS) revealed.

A hospital trust has defended paying its interim chief executive £2,557 a day while trying to save £20 million, according to the BBC. Dorset County Hospital Trust’s annual report showed Derek Smith was paid £248,041 for 97 days’ work plus £19,539 in travel and food expenses. Trust chairman Jeffrey Ellwood said the trust needed to recruit a strong team following the departure of key members of the board.

Channel 4 has been accused of being so obsessed with diversity that white people are under-represented in its workforce, the Daily Mail reports. Conservative MP Philip Davies told C4 bosses that they should employ people on merit. The broadcaster’s chairman, Lord Burns, and its chief executive, David Abraham, were appearing before MPs sitting on the Culture, Media and Sport committee to answer questions on C4’s annual report.

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