… in brief

This week’s news in brief

Fast food winner

Carol Turnham, HR administrator at Zurich Financial Services has won a
Christmas lunch on the Orient Express in the PersonnelToday.com/ Croner
Training competition. PersonnelToday.com launches a new competition next
Tuesday in association with Bupa International. If you would like to win a
weekend for two in Barcelona, visit PersonnelToday.com today (Tuesday 1

Directive in force

The EC Fixed-Term Workers Directive becomes law today. The law is designed
to stop fixed-term workers from being discriminated against and stops companies
using a succession of fixed-term contracts to employ the same person.
Fixed-term workers will also get improved access to training and information on
permanent jobs.  www.dti.gov.uk/er/fixed

Web news addiction

Staff are far more likely to be addicted to web news and shopping than
pornography, a poll has found. Websense, the monitoring software provider,
found 24 per cent of respondents thought shopping sites were the most
addictive, 23 per cent news, 18 per cent pornography and 8 per cent gambling.  www.websense.com

Bonus benefits

Bonuses are still the most common benefit offered to City staff – despite
the continuing economic downturn and poor stock market – a study by finance
recruitment firm David Chorley has found. In all, 97 per cent of City companies
incorporate a bonus scheme within the pay system. The average bonus was between
5 and 15 per cent.  www.davidchorley.co.uk

Ageism rife at work

Nearly half of older staff have experienced age discrimination in the
workplace, according to a survey of 2,100 older workers by website FiftyOn. The
research shows 44 per cent of respondents have experienced ageism at work and
of those, 66.3 per cent decided to leave that job because of the position they
were placed in.  www.fiftyon.co.uk

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