… in brief

This week’s news in brief

Postal strike vote

Postal workers are voting on strike action after pay talks between the
Communication Workers Union (CWU) and the Royal Mail broke down. The Royal Mail
claims its pay offer is worth 14.5 per cent over 18 months, but the CWU says
the deal only amounts to a rise of 4.5 per cent.  www.cwu.org

Fear factor

Heightened concern for security has had an impact on the recruitment process
for nearly three in five UK companies. A poll conducted by MRI Worldwide
reveals that of these employers, 40 per cent say security concerns have
increased the length of the hiring process.  www.mriww.com

Policing stress

Police officers will receive psychological tests to see how they cope with
the stress of their jobs, under new government plans. Under the £15m scheme,
officers will regularly complete health questionnaires and, if required, have
access to occupational psychologists.  www.police.uk

Busy Brits need speed

Busy Britons want to see the introduction of ‘speed-interviewing’ when
looking for work – reflecting their high-paced lives. Almost 90 per cent of UK
jobseekers polled by Totaljobs would like to see the introduction of 15-minute
sessions.  www.totaljobslive.com

Lack of confidence

Just a fifth of employers are confident they are fully compliant with all
regulatory requirements, research finds. A survey by corporate policy
specialist PolicyMatter identifies an alarming lack of clarity among
organisations when it comes to compliance with key legislation and industry
regulations.  www.policymatter.com

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