… in brief

This week’s news in brief

Added value visit

Personnel Today is offering reduced subscriptions plus M&S vouchers to
delegates attending the HRD conference and exhibition at Olympia, London, this
week. Our quarterly publication Recruitment Trends & Forecasts will be
available at a half-price subscription and there are special rates for all our
guides. Visit us on stand 1004 on the gallery level between Tuesday and
Thursday.  www.cipd.co.uk

Leave to appeal

A City analyst who claimed she suffered sexual discrimination at the hands
of her former employers has won an appeal to have the case heard by an
employment tribunal for the second time. Louise Barton, a media analyst at
Investec Henderson Crosthwaite Securities, claimed she was paid only half the
£2m given to a junior male colleague.  See
next week’s legal opinion

Local govt stress

Almost 60 per cent of senior HR professionals in local government have high
stress levels due to too much work, not enough support and not enough time to do
the job, according to an exclusive Personneltoday.com survey carried out at
local government HR body Socpo’s annual conference last month.  www.lancastergroup.co.uk

Sickness pilot

The problem of workers on long-term sick leave is being tackled by a new
government-backed pilot scheme. The WorkCare project – funded by the Department
for Work and Pensions in partnership with the Department of Health – provides
free rehabilitation services to workers off sick for between six and 26 weeks.   www.workcare.co.uk

Engineers cash-driven

Engineering companies can enhance their competitive advantage by offering
rewarding salaries rather than other benefits, a new study has found. The
Engineering Employers’ Federation annual pay survey of management and
professional engineers’ pay shows that salary remains the main factor in
attracting and retaining key staff.  www.eef.org.uk

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