… in brief

This week’s news in brief

Rise in temp demand

Employer demand for both permanent and temporary staff is increasing,
according to research. An REC survey shows the number of permanent staff
recruited last month increased by the fastest growth rate since March 2001. The
use of temporary staff increased for the sixth month running.  www.rec.co.uk

Calls to halt LU strike

London Underground has urged staff to call off the proposed strike action to
let 3 million daily tube users get to work. Safety director Mike Strzelecki
urged the RMT to reconsider, claiming the ballot turnout of just one-third
showed a reluctance to strike. A 24-hour walkout is planned for later this
week.  www.thetube.com

Legislation hindrance

HR professionals believe complex employment legislation is hindering UK
productivity, according to CIPD research. Three-quarters of those surveyed feel
employment legislation is not clear enough, while almost half believe there is
insufficient guidance.  The poll of 800
HR professionals shows that the Working Time Directive is the most difficult
piece of legislation to implement.  www.cipd.co.uk

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