…in brief

This week’s news …in brief

The happy valleys

Workers in Wales are ‘significantly happier’ in their jobs than those
working in other regions across the UK. A study by the Royal Economic Society
found that while Wales has the lowest wages in the UK, job satisfaction levels
were "significantly higher" than anywhere else in the country. It
suggested that being in work may be regarded more favourably in more depressed
regions.  www.res.org.uk

Ageism inevitable

The majority of UK professionals are unconcerned about the prevalence of
ageism in the workplace, a new survey has claimed. A poll of 264 business
leaders by recruitment firm, Macildowie, found that while 68 per cent
acknowledged ageism existed, only 15 per cent felt that proposed legislation would
directly improve the prospects of older workers.  www.macildowie.com

Rush to be IT girls

Women are breaking into the male-dominated IT sector, with more than
three-quarters of some specialist roles expected to be taken by women by 2006.
Risk management company, Vizuri, says it has seen a major increase in the
number of women involved in software testing – one of the most technical and
complicated arenas of the IT industry.  www.vizuri.ws

RMT focus on safety

The RMT union is demanding London Underground supply frontline staff with
training and emergency breathing apparatus to protect them from potential
terrorist attacks. The calls come after reports that police have foiled a
planned poison-gas attack on London Underground or Gatwick Airport.  www.rmt.org.uk

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